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Danza eyeing Broadway

'Boss' star considers 'Bridge'; 'Wait' going dark

NEW YORK — Broadway’s keeping busy as one play ends its run and another tries to keep going.

The star-laden revival of “Wait Until Dark” has announced a June 28 closing, well in advance of the planned Aug. 30 close of its run.

Meanwhile, TV star Tony Danza may give the Roundabout’s “A View From the Bridge” revival at the Neil Simon theater a new lease on life.

In addition, “Collected Stories” will be relaunched Off Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theater, with Uta Hagen starring.

“Bridge,” which grabbed Tony Awards for revival of a play and lead actor Anthony LaPaglia, looked ready to close July 19, when LaPaglia’s contract expired. But co-producer Roy Gabay confirmed that Danza is “being actively considered” for the lead role, and that he is interested, though he added that no deal is in place yet.

Danza became a household name for his roles in sitcoms “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss.” But if a Danza deal is to happen, it must occur before the end of next week, according to one insider, to ensure a smooth transition with director Michael Mayer, who is currently helming Warren Leight’s “Side Man” at the Roundabout Theater.

The sticking point seems to be whether Danza would tour widely with the play. “View’s” producers, Roger Berlind, Jimmy Nederlander, Liz McCann and Gabay, are said to be hoping for a 25-city national tour. Less clear is what Danza is willing to consider. He would be able to play New York until only Labor Day, when Matthew Bourne’s “Swan Lake” is arriving at the Neil Simon.

But it’s fade-to-black for “Wait Until Dark,” the revival of the 1966 Frederick Knott suspenser.

“We were slaughtered by the critics,” said Albert Poland, the show’s general manager. He added: “I’m not one of those people who say you have to bleed before you close. Actually I’m amazed and grateful for the time we did.”

The revival, which survived on the star power of Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei, opened with a very large advance. It will have paid back 50%-60% of its $1.75 million capitalization. The play had run in Boston from Feb. 28 to March 22, and then arrived at the Brooks Atkinson on March 27.

Also, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” producers Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin and Steven Levy have coupled with Sonny Everett to re-launch “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies Off Broadway. The play, which Manhattan Theater Club produced last year with Maria Tucci, will star veteran actress Uta Hagen and Lorca Simons. William Carden has been attached to helm.

“Stories” is about an elderly writer and her protege. Opening night is still being determined, and a limited 12-week run is expected to be announced as early as next week.

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