Tony Nominations Aftermath: ‘Living on Love’ First to Post Closing Notice

Living on Love closing Broadway
Joan Marcus

Broadway comedy “Living on Love” will make a quick exit, with producers announcing they’ll close the show Sunday after the production failed to secure a spot on the list of Tony nominees.

Things were already looking grim for the production, which hasn’t cracked $200,000 in weekly sales since it began previews earlier this month. The mixed bag of reviews weren’t encouraging, and the show has had trouble standing out in a season packed with star-driven plays including “Fish in the Dark” (Larry David) and “The Audience” (Helen Mirren).

“Living on Love” marked the Broadway debut of opera star Renee Fleming, who scored respectful notices for her performances but doesn’t seem to carry the weight with Broadway ticketbuyers that she does in the opera world. Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) and Jerry O’Connell are also among the cast, directed by Broadway regular Kathleen Marshall. Joe DiPietro, a Tony winner for “Memphis,” wrote the play based on Garson Kanin’s “Peccadillo.”

Scott Landis and Philip Morgaman produce “Living on Love,” which will close at the Longacre Theater at the end of the week. The theater’s next tenant, musical “Allegiance,” is already lined up to open there in November.

“Living on Love” joins “The Heidi Chronicles” — which earned a lone nomination for star Elisabeth Moss — in closing May 3. “Love” is likely to be the first of a handful of the closing notices to come out of the Tony nominations. Musicals “Doctor Zhivago,” “Gigi” (one nod for actress Victoria Clark) and “It Shoulda Been You” are also struggling to turn heads with consumers, and came away from the nominations mostly empty-handed.

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  1. ShakespeareGal says:

    I LOVED this comedy. I saw it twice and am so disappointed the producers are pulling the plug. Wanted my parents to see it next month when they return from Florida but now they won’t be able to. I did not stop smiling throughout the entire play. So much that my mouth hurt and went back again. I am an opera lover but that aside I still would have loved it. Reminds me of how Tom Stoppard’s fantastic The Invention of Love had a short lived home on Broadway. Ugh.

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