Broadway's Class will be dismissed June 28. Master Class, Terrence McNally's Tony-winning look at Maria Callas, will close after 12 previews and 601 regular performances.
Dixie Carter's contract with the show ends June 28 and she won't be extending her stay at that time. She began in the role Jan. 31.
The show has been averaging slightly under $100,000 per week for a 7-performance weekly schedule. Attendance figures for the week ending May 18 had the show filling roughly 70 percent capacity.
Carter, star of TV's "Designing Women," succeeded Patti LuPone in the role of the opera diva, Jan. 31, with an official re-opening Feb. 20. LuPone, now in London with the play, had taken over on Broadway for original star, Zoe Caldwell.
Carter is best known for her starring role as Julia Sugarbaker on "Designing Women," which ran for seven seasons. She won a Theatre World Award for playing in the 1975 New York Shakespeare Festival production of Jesse And The Bandit Queen. A fixture on the New York cabaret scene since the days of Julius Monk's Upstairs at the Downstairs revues, Carter made her Off-Broadway debut in 1963 in The Winter's Tale. Her last Broadway appearance was as Melba in the 1976 revival of Pal Joey. Carter has credits in other media as well. Her CD Dixie Carter Sings John Wallowitch Live at the Carlyle was released on the DRG label. Her book Trying To Get to Heaven was published by Simon and Schuster. She's featured in the exercise video "Dixie Carter's Unworkout Video" and in 1994 started her own production company, Little Lambs Inc. Carter is married to actor Hal Holbrook.
Also starring in Master Class are Theodora Fried, Alaine Rodin-Lo, Gerald Steichen and Matthew Walley. Costumes are by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Brian MacDevitt and set by Michael McGarty.
Faye Dunaway's Master Class tour opened Nov. 12, 1996 at Boston's Wilbur Theatre. After the tour, Dunaway will appear in the film version of Master Class, which she is co-producing with the owner of the film rights, Jon B. Platt.
In a last bit of Callas news, 1997 marks the 20th anniversary of her death. In commemoration, EMI is re-releasing a full set of her opera recordings.