‘Clowns’ folds up tent on B’way revival

Selleck headliner to open in North Carolina May 15

The revival of “A Thousand Clowns,” starring Tom Selleck, will not join the 2000-01 season on Broadway as originally planned, the show’s lead producer Jeffrey Richards has confirmed.

“There was no theater available for our 15-week New York limited engagement in the spring,” said Richards, who is currently represented on Broadway with the revival of Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man.”

Richards said the Herb Gardner play would open with Selleck headlining at Duke U. in Durham, N.C., on May 15, and then travel to Chicago’s Shubert Theatre on June 5 and Boston’s Shubert Theatre on June 19 before coming to Gotham on July 3 at a theater to be announced.

The producing team also includes Raymond J. Greenwald, Louise Levathes and Theatre Previews at Duke.

Bustle of bookings

In recent weeks, the second half of the legit season has seen a flurry of bookings into Broadway’s smaller, play-friendly houses. Those theaters and their new tenants include Marie Jones’ “Stones in His Pockets” at the Golden, August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” at the Virginia, Arje Shaw’s “The Gathering” at the Cort, Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love” at the Lyceum, Abby Mann’s “Judgment at Nuremberg” at the Longacre and the MTC musical “A Class Act” at the Ambassador.

Producers for Sandra Ryan Heyward’s “Tallulah,” starring Kathleen Turner, have not announced a venue. The one-person play is expected to open in spring.