‘Candide’: No can-do

NEW YORK — Livent’s $4.25 million revival of “Candide” is the latest casualty of Broadway’s annual summer slim-down. The musical, directed by Harold Prince and starring Jim Dale and Andrea Martin, will close after Sunday’s matinee.

As with “Victor/Victoria,” also closing Sunday, “Candide” has been struggling at the box office this summer. For the week ended Sunday, the Livent show grossed only $233,455 of a potential $797,262. When it closes it will have played 11 previews and 103 regular performances since opening April 29.

Livent’s other current Broadway entry, “Barrymore,” is faring much better. Christopher Plummer, who won a 1997 Tony Award for his title performance of John Barrymore, has agreed to extend his run through Oct. 19. He originally had intended to stay only through August.

Essentially a one-man show (a second actor is seen but not heard), “Barrymore” is virtually dependent on Plum-mer’s participation. The show has been pulling good audiences (70% of capacity and better) even during the sluggish summer weeks.

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