Show to close after 771 Broadway perfs
After two years, three theaters and 771 Broadway perfs, “The 39 Steps” will shutter Jan. 10.The play, a small-scale, comic take on the Alfred Hitchcock film, started its Gotham life as a Roundabout Theater Company offering at the American Airlines Theater in early 2008. The show then migrated to the Cort Theater in April 2008 for a commercial run that eventually picked up and moved to the Helen Hayes early this year. Production, which has aimed to attract a tourist crowd, has not yet recouped, but producers say they hope to do so by the time January rolls around. Show is produced by Bob Boyett, Harriet Newman Leve/Ron Nicynski and Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Cromley, among others, along with the Roundabout and Boston’s Huntington Theater, where the production had its American preem in 2007. Original London incarnation of the show has been running since 2006.