“The Farnsworth Invention” turns off the TV on March 2, when the Aaron Sorkin play will shutter after about 4½ months on the boards.
Produced by Dodger Properties (“Jersey Boys”) and Steven Spielberg, among others, the $4 million production arrived on Broadway during an unusually crowded season of straight plays. Sales momentum was further hampered in November by the 19-day stagehands strike, which forced the postponement of the show’s opening night.
Weekly receipts never topped $350,000. Last week the play grossed $186,342.
The first legit outing for Sorkin (“The West Wing”) since “A Few Good Men” in 1989, “Farnsworth” was based on the real-life conflict between Philo T. Farnsworth, the man credited with inventing television, and RCA head David Sarnoff. Jimmi Simpson (as Farnsworth) and Hank Azaria (as Sarnoff) lead the 19-person cast in a staging helmed by Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”).
According to producer Michael David, talks are in progress for a future life for “Farnsworth,” including potential stints in London and on the road in the U.S.