The Play That Goes Wrong concludes its Broadway run January 6 at the Lyceum Theatre. The comedy will move to Off-Broadway’s New World Stages, beginning performances at the underground, midtown venue February 11.
The announcement follows the news of Avenue Q planning to end its 10-year engagement at New World Stages, which, like The Play That Goes Wrong, moved to the space shortly after its Broadway engagement.
In August it was announced that The Play That Goes Wrong had recouped its $4 million investment. Producer Kevin McCollum stated at that time, “The English use the word ‘brilliant’ to describe everything from an egg salad sandwich to the cure for polio. However, The Play That Goes Wrong is brilliant and I could not be happier to announce that the show is officially a hit.”
After a successful London run, The Play That Goes Wrong, created by the Mischief Theatre, began performances on Broadway March 9, 2017, and officially opened April 2. Upon closing, the production played 27 previews and 745 performances. A national tour launched in September 2018.
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces The Cornley University Drama Society, which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.
The Broadway production received the 2017 Tony Award for Best Set Design.
The current cast features Jason Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Toccarra Cash, Mara Davi, Mark Evans, Jonathan Fielding, Alex Mandell, and Harrison Unger with Adam Daveline, Ashley Reyes, Katie Sexton, and Quinn Van Antwerp.
The production is directed by Mark Bell and has set design by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson, and costume design by Roberto Surace.
The Play That Goes Wrong was produced on Broadway by McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions / deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover, and Lucas McMahon.