Orphans to Close on Broadway
They’re dropping like flies on Broadway. It hasn’t been a week since the 2013 Tony Award nominations have been announced and Broadway has already experienced two closing notices from The Testament of Mary and Jekyll and Hyde. However, as we all know, death comes in three and that third closing notice has just been posted this morning. Today, producer’s announced that Orphans would close on Broadway on May 19th.
Orphans is a play written by Lyle Kessler. According to a press release, Orphans is the story about “two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, supports his damaged younger sibling Phillip by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip. One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold, who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.”
Orphans will officially end it’s run at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on May 19th, 2013. By the time the show closes, it will have played 27 previews and 37 performances. The show currently stars Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge. The production is directed by Daniel Sullivan. The rest of the creative team includes a scenic design by John Lee Beatty, a costume design by Jess Goldstein, a lighting design by Pat Collins and a sound design by Peter Fitzgerald. The show also features fight direction by Thomas Schall, original music by Tom Kitt and dialect coaching by Deborah Hecht.
The closing notice for Orphans came to many as a surprise for a number of reasons. The show had received a number of acknowledgements including two Tony Award nominations. One of them for Tom Sturride for Best Leading Actor in a Play and the other for Best Revival of a Play. Similar to The Testament of Mary, who was nominated for Best Play yet hours later posted a closing notice,it seems as though even the larger Tony Award recognition this season cannot save some productions. Orphans will be the third show to close post Tony Award nominations.
Orphans beginning on Broadway was also a rocky one earlier this season. Of course, we are referring to the explosion of drama that ensued following Shia LaBeouf departing the production due to “creative differences” with director Daniel Sullivan. He was later replaced by Ben Foster but not before LaBeouf could make quite an exit. He went on to post private emails between himself, cast and creative team regarding his exit on Twitter.
Head on over to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and experience Orphans before it closes on Broadway. You only have until May 19th to experience these stars on the Broadway stage. For more information, check out Orphans Official Broadway 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!