‘Salesman’ ends run in Boston

Dennehy, Franz to reprise roles for last perfs

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Boston will be the final destination of a three-city post-Broadway run of the awards-showered 1999 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” that originated at Chicago’s Goodman Theater.

The other cities are Los Angeles, where the production began previewing Sept. 12 at the Ahmanson Theater for a Sept. 20-Nov. 20 run, and St. Louis, where it will play at the Fox Theater Nov. 16-21.

With Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Franz repeating their Tony Award-winning performances, joined by the bulk of the Broadway supporting cast (though not Kevin Anderson as Biff), the production will play Boston’s Shubert Theater Nov. 28-Dec. 10. Total run is 11 weeks.

Limited tour — essentially three sit-down engagements — replaces a proposed 26- to 30-week national tour. Robert Cole, general manager and a co-producer of the tour, says Dennehy couldn’t commit to such a long tour.

“When the Ahmanson learned that the tour was a no go, it decided to go ahead with the production anyway,” he said. The Ahmanson licensed the production from its Broadway producers for its eight-week L.A. run.

The brief post-L.A. stints are presented by Fox Theatricals in St. Louis and Fox Associates and Wang Center Prods. in Boston. Cole said it is unlikely any dates will be added to the run.

Show’s original Broadway producers are David Richenthal, Jujamcyn Theaters, Allan S. Gordon, Fox Theatricals and Jerry Frankel.

The production was also viewed nationwide via Showtime’s TV version, for which Dennehy and Franz were nominated for Emmy Awards. As it happens, it will be the second time around for Franz as Linda Loman on a Boston stage. She played the role at Boston’s Colonial Theater in February 1996 in producer Elliot Martin’s touring production of the play starring Hal Holbrook.

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