Tonys twist plays’ fates

Awards make or break B'way productions

NEW YORK — The Tony Awards have come and gone, and now the shows of the Great White Way are reacting to their wake.

For Roy Gabay, co-producer of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge,” which took best revival of a play and best actor (courtesy of Anthony LaPaglia), there was elation.

“We’re doing phenomenal business today. LaPaglia has talked about staying on. But there’s no decision yet on the extension of ‘View’s’ run,” Gabay said.

“View” had been losing steam, last week grossing $150,667 of a potential $469,066, but it’s too early to tell if the best play and actor wins will give it enough of a kick to justify running beyond LaPaglia’s July 19 contract expiration.

The Tonys yielded a different set of results for “Honour,” a new play by Joanna Murray-Smith, which failed to win its nominations for best actress in a play for Jane Alexander or best featured actress for Enid Graham. Gabay, the legiter’s general manager, confirmed that “Honour” is closing on Sunday and will post its notice Wednesday. The move was expected.

The revolution is over at the Gershwin Theater, where the revival of “1776” failed to win either of the critical best revival of a musical or best director categories. The tuner will post its notice today, but will play until Sunday, according to a source at Dodger Endemol Productions, one the tuner’s several producers.

It’s not yet clear what will take the place of “1776” at the Gershwin, but insiders speculate that a deal is close to done for the tuner “On the Town” being produced by George C. Wolfe at the Public Theater. It would need to do very well to move into the gigantic 1,933-seat space, however, and it may yet go to the smaller 1,096-seat Ethel Barrymore Theater.

Also losing steam is the critically acclaimed play “The Diary of Anne Frank.” A source close to the production said that, while it will announce that it is in its final weeks today, the decision was made prior to the Tony Awards. “Diary” had been nominated for best revival of a play, and Linda Lavin was nominated as best featured actress; neither managed a win.

On the other hand, the struggling “Scarlet Pimpernel” and the just-closed “The Life” both were strong last week.

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