The tried-and-true is suddenly crying the B.O. blues on Broadway.
The Jessica Lange-led revival of “The Glass Menagerie” has posted a July 3 closing date. The limited engagement will shutter two weeks ahead of schedule, having played 30 previews and 119 performances.
“A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Natasha Richardson, also will close July 3.
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” starring Kathleen Turner and Tony winner Bill Irwin, is advertising “final weeks.”
“La Cage aux Folles,” winner of the musical revival Tony, will shutter Sunday.
And “Fiddler on the Roof,” “On Golden Pond” and “Steel Magnolias” are playing to just over 50% capacity.
In this climate, the 2005 Tony winner for play revival, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” looks like a superhit with its recent weekly gross of $434,102 at the Jacobs Theater, where it performs at around 75% capacity.
The current revival doldrums are especially pronounced in light of Broadway’s record-setting biz. Paid admissions for the second week of the new season (June 6-12) came to 266,851, up nearly 100,000 from two years ago.
With or without a 2005 Tony, nominated original shows like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Doubt,” “The Light in the Piazza,” “The Pillowman,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” are performing at 90% capacity or better.