By Robert Simonson
21 Jan 2001
Broadway’s Copenhagen, which won the 2000 Tony Award for best play, will close on Jan. 21. It will have played 21 previews and 326 regular performances.
Copenhagen's original cast consisted of Philip Bosco, Michael Cumpsty and Blair Brown. Bosco and Cumpsty remained with the show up until the final performance. For weeks, Copenhagen was rumored to be closing shortly after the New Year, rather than recasting its three acclaimed stars. With only three actors and a minimal set design, the play recouped its investment costs in July. Copenhagen is also one of the rare non-musical shows to be honored with an original cast recording — this one released Nov. 13, by the Fynsworth Alley label.
At least one of the actors knows where his next paycheck is coming from. Cumpsty's casting in the new Broadway revival of 42nd Street was announced Jan. 18.
As reported earlier, Copenhagen will tour the United States. The road show will begin next fall in San Francisco. Casting is to be announced.
Copenhagen also won for Best Director of a Play (Michael Blakemore) and Best Featured Actress (Blair Brown). Blakemore will repeat his duties on the tour.
The three-character drama concerns a real-life 1941 meeting between two world famous physicists, one Danish and one German, and imagines the nature and ramifications of the conversation-cum-confrontation that took place. The play has also won the Drama League and Drama Desk Awards for best play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best foreign play.