Broadway play will shutter later this month
Broadway play “Stick Fly,” which hasn’t managed to stick with Broadway auds, will shutter later this month.New play by Lydia R. Diamond earned lukewarm-to-positive reviews, but despite a cast of recognizable faces and a producing assist from Alicia Keys, the production proved unable to sustain B.O. in a Broadway season that has shaped up to be unusually crowded with new plays. Since the show began previews Nov. 20, weekly B.O. has only rare topped $300,000. In recent weeks, weekly attendance has hovered in the range of 60%. Dule Hill, Mekhi Pfifer, Tracie Thomas, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Rosie Benton and Condola Rashad star in a staging helmed by Kenny Leon, whose Rialto production of Samuel L. Jackson-Angela Bassett topliner “The Mountaintop” finished up its run last month. “Stick Fly,” about a well-to-do African American family spending a weekend at their summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, took a circuitous route to Broadway, bowing in Chicago in 2006. The title went on to become frequently produced at U.S. regionals in cities including L.A. and Princeton prior to a Leon-helmed co-production from Boston’s Huntington Theater and D.C.’s Arena Stage. Broadway version of that co-production comes from a producing team that includes Nelle Nugent, Keys, Samuel Nappi, Reuben Cannon, Charles Salameno and the Huntington, among others. “Stick Fly” closes Feb. 26 at the Cort Theater.