“Journey’s End” will hit the end of the line June 10, when the critically praised Broadway revival closes, after struggling at the box office since it began perfs in February.
Although reviews were some of the best of the season, the show’s sales have been dire enough that producers won’t wait to see if biz picks up from a likely Tony win for revival.
“End” will shutter the same day as the Tony ceremony, when the production will be up for six awards including revival, director (David Grindley), lead actor (Boyd Gaines) and featured thesp (Stark Sands).
Grindley’s production of R.C. Sherriff’s 1928 play about WWI soldiers has already nabbed the revival award from the Outer Critics Circle, in addition to a special citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
Receipts have been consistently low for “End.” Production grossed less than $90,000 for the week ending May 13, playing to houses that were only 21% full.
The divide between critical support and audience disinterest is interpreted by many legiters as a sign that theatergoers do not want to see a dark tale of life and death in the trenches at a time when real-life war stories dominate the news.
Broadway incarnation of “Journey’s End” is an import of Grindley’s original 2004 London staging of the play.
Show’s team of producers is spearheaded by Boyett Ostar Prods., the duo that specialize in London-to-Gotham transfers, such as “The History Boys” and “Coram Boy.”