B’way losing its ‘Child’

Tony nom didn't beef up B.O.

NEW YORK — After failing to mint any B.O. gold from its trio of Tony nominations, “Golden Child” will close Sunday at the Longacre Theater.

The David Henry Hwang play met with some critical success and nabbed a best play Tony nomination, but it’s a longshot to take the prize, and never found significant support at the box office.

Last week, the play took in only $79,663 of a potential gross of $354,220.

“Child” opened on Broadway April 2 to mixed reviews, having already cheated death in late March after an investment firm pulled 45% of the play’s $850,000 capitalization.

The play’s road to Broadway included a 1996 Gotham stint at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, where it won two Obie awards, as well as several regional theater stands that occasioned some rewriting.

The current cast features Tsai Chin, Randall Duk Kim, Ming-Na Wen and Julyana Soelistyo. Soelistyo has also been nominated for a Tony for featured actress in a play.

According to a statement from a spokesman for the play, the show’s physical production “will not be loaded out of the theater until after the presentation of the 1998 Tony Awards” and that “in the event of a dark horse Tony victory as best play, the producers will try to reopen the production.”