Curtains close on ‘Macbeth’

B'way prod'n closes after eight previews, 13 regular perfs

The first Broadway production of the 2000-01 theater season is already on the casualty list.

“Macbeth,” starring Kelsey Grammer and directed by Terry Hands, will close on June 25 at the Music Box Theater after eight previews and 13 regular performances.

The Bard’s Scottish Play possesses a long history of ill-reviewed Gotham productions, with versions headlining Philip Anglim, Nicol Williamson and Alec Baldwin all having received critical brickbats in recent years.

Grammer’s take was no exception, opening on June 15 to generally unfavorable reviews. His “Macbeth” will have come and gone with greater speed than any of last season’s major disappointments, including “Wrong Mountain,” “Squonk” and “Taller Than a Dwarf.” Last week, the show grossed $169,205 on a gross potential of $429,401.

Produced by SFX Theatrical Group and Emanuel Azenberg, “Macbeth” represents a $1.5 million investment.

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