Tony-nommed Broadway play “Clybourne Park” will extend its limited run, stretching its original 16-week sked by four weeks to set a new closing date for Aug. 12.
Production extends in order to capitalize on growing sales momentum and the attention generated by the show’s four Tony noms, including one for the top new play kudo. “Clybourne” joins a roster of limited-engagement plays extending their stints in the wake of awards attention, including “The Best Man,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Columnist.”
Extension is most notable in the fact that it lengthens the stay of a show that almost didn’t make it to Broadway at all. A remount of a 2010 Playwrights Horizons production, the show launched in L.A. earlier this season with the intention of landing on the Rialto afterwards, but those plans were jeopardized when producer Scott Rudin pulled out of the production in a dispute with the playwright, Bruce Norris, over another project.
Producers scrambled to overcome the funding obstacle, with efforts led by Jordan Roth, prexy of Jujamcyn Theaters and the owner of the Walter Kerr Theater, where “Clybourne” was set to play. After a brief period of uncertainty, the show’s track to the Main Stem was once again secured.
“Clybourne” won the Puliter Prize for drama in 2011. It’s currently in the running in a competitive Tony race that also includes “Other Desert Cities,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Venus in Fur.”