‘Search’ will close May 20

Future plans include London, Oz

NEW YORK — What significance is a Tony nomination for best revival of a play?

On Monday, Jane Wagner’s “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” starring Lily Tomlin, received its Tony nod, and on Wednesday, a closing notice for the show was posted. It will close May 20 after 7 previews and 185 regular performances.

Following “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “The Gathering” and “Judgment at Nuremberg,” it is the fourth Broadway show this week to announce its shuttering. Unlike the other three productions, “The Search…” has enjoyed a very profitable run, recouping its $1 million capitalization during the show’s initial 10-week engagement. It went on to play another 17 weeks.

The original Broadway production of Tomlin’s one-person vehicle opened in 1985 and ran for over a year before touring nationally.

Future production plans for the show include a London engagement in fall 2001 and a tour of Australia in fall 2002.

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