Broadway to cut down ‘Elms’

Eugene O'Neill revival to close May 24

“Desire Under the Elms” has officially called it quits, with the Broadway revival of the Eugene O’Neill play announcing a closing date of May 24.

Show, which was shut out of the Tony noms, had previously stopped selling tickets beyond that date, but producers were nonetheless holding out hope for an uptick in business that might have persuaded them to keep the production on the boards.

Toplined by Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Pablo Schreiber, “Desire” has averaged weekly sales of about $200,000 or less since it began perfs April 14. As of last week, cumulative box office totaled $785,000.

Show, a transfer from Chicago’s Goodman Theater, received respectful reviews in Gotham but never managed to find box office legs. A packed season of play revivals helped crowd the show out of potentially biz-boosting Tony attention.

Production team of “Desire” is led by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler.

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