‘Carnage’ to end Broadway run

No national tour planned after June 27 closing date

“God of Carnage” has 10 more weeks on the boards, with the Broadway play announcing it will shutter June 27.

Production turned into a major hit last season, driven in part by a starry cast that included James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. The play, which began perfs in February 2009, soon started to pull in the big B.O. numbers more common to musicals, particularly once it scored three 2009 Tonys — top play, actress for Harden and director for Matthew Warchus.

Show took an unusual hiatus toward the end of the summer to give the thesps a break, but returned in September with the original cast intact. Production continued to post sales that approached or sometimes topped $1 million until a replacement cast — including Jimmy Smits, Christine Lahti, Annie Potts and Ken Stott — took over in November, when sales slipped dramatically (although remained relatively healthy compared to other straight plays).

A third cast began in March, with Dylan Baker, Lucy Liu and Janet McTeer joining a returning Daniels, who this time around plays the role portrayed previously by Gandolfini. Since the exit of the original Broadway thesps, sales have never approached the same heights. For the week ending April 18, the show brought in $320,790 and played to houses at 64% of capacity.

National tour of “Carnage” was planned to launch in the fall, but producers said there didn’t prove enough regional interest to make the endeavor viable, at least not for the moment.

Current cast is contracted to play through the closing date of June 27.

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