Topdog Producers Negotiating with Cast to Extend Bway Run

News   Topdog Producers Negotiating with Cast to Extend Bway Run Broadway's Topdog/Underdog, previously a limited run set to end on July 28, may extend through Sept. 1.

Broadway's Topdog/Underdog, previously a limited run set to end on July 28, may extend through Sept. 1.

A spokesman for the show confirmed that tickets are on say through Labor Day weekend. Negotiations are under way to keep cast members Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def through the summer.

Suzan-Lori Parks' play opened at the Ambassador Theatre April 7, after previews from March 12. George C. Wolfe directs.

Jeffrey Wright and rapper Mos Def star as the warring siblings. The brothers were named Lincoln and Booth by their father as a joke. Lincoln (played by Wright) spends his days as a white face impersonator of the 16th president, while Booth (Mos Def) shoplifts suits and expensive champagne. The brothers are haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte. The two strive for a family unity they have never had, but end up battling to the death.

* In other news, an electrical fire broke out June 4 at the Ambassador Theatre box office, during a performance of Topdog/Underdog.

The fire, contained to the box office, forced the audience and cast onto West 49th Street. No one was hurt, though the remainder of the performance was canceled.

Topdog, which does not have Wednesday matinees, resumed June 5.

The fire, which caused the sprinkler system to activate, was first noticed at 8:50 PM by the theatre's house manager, a spokesman for the show said. The audience filed out in an orderly fashion, followed by the cast members, Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def. The theatregoers and thespians apparently milled about and chatted before an announcement was made that the show would not continue.

Ticketholders were told that they could call Telecharge at (212) 239 6200 to get a refund or reschedule.

A temporary box office will be set up in the Ambassador lobby until the permanent one can be repaired.

Topdog/Underdog won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a Tony Award.