The Testament of Mary to Close on Broadway


testament-of-maryEach year following the Tony Award nominations come a spree of announcement regarding shows extending or ending their run. While this is not something that theatre community looks forward to, it has become an annual event like the nominations themselves. Yesterday, only hours after the 2013 Tony Award nominations were announced, Broadway saw it’s first post Tony announcement notice. Producers have announced that The Testament of Mary will close on Broadway this Sunday May 5th, 2013.

The Testament of Mary is a new play based off a book of the same title by Colm Tóibín. The story imagines a new account of Christ which Mary questions after his death. Those questions include  his followers, divinity and who exactly decided to call him the son of Christ in the days following his crucifixion.

shawprod3The Testament of Mary began previews on March 26th and officially opened at The Walter Kerr Theatre on April 22nd. Overall, the show received mixed reviews from the press. It was scheduled as a limited engagement through June 16th, 2013. only. However, the run will end this Sunday, May 5th, as producers announced. The production has scenic design by Tom Pye, a costume design by Ann Roth, a lighting design by Jennifer Tipton with original music and sound design by Mel Mercier. The production is directed by Deborah Warner.

If you look to the weekly grosses, one would not be surprised with the announcement. However, it did come only a few hours after the Tony Award nominations announcement where the show received three nominations including Best Play. Fiona Shaw, who controls the one woman show, did not receive a nomination for performance.

When recently asked about the piece, Fiona Shaw stated:

“Mary is an icon, and a symbol,” who “has probably been filtered in our lives through Renaissance paintings and childhood religion. She’s a very distant figure. But this novel maps out a landscape in which this woman has to cope with her son’s self-destruction,” to try to understand the reasons for his death, “which is agony for her….Theatre is an imaginative frame, so the play takes place now, The story is in many people’s minds now — 2,000 years after the events, the story continues. And like all stories, it has embellishments — different colors, different aspects. So it is going on now. I went last week to see the Piero Della Francesa exhibit at the Frick Collection. In the 15th century, they painted the Virgin as a 15th-century woman. So in this play, you meet her as a 21st-century mother. But the events refer to a time when the Romans did crucify their dissidents.”

The producers are Scott Rudin (Best known for producing The Book of Mormon), Stuart Thompson, Jon B. Platt, Roger Berlind, Broadway Across America, Scott M. Delman, Jean Doumanian, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sonia Friedman Productions/Robert G. Bartner, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth and Eli Bush.

Experience a story centuries old in a new 21st century style. If you get the chance, head on over to The Walter Kerr Theatre and experience The Testament of Mary before it closes this Sunday. Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you more regarding Testament of Mary and The Tony Awards as they approach. For more information, check out The Testament of Mary’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!


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