“The Humans,” the production that won best play at this year’s Tony Awards, will finish up its run at the Helen Hayes Theater in late July — and then resume performances in early August at the Schoenfeld Theater, a venue which has about 450 more seats than the Hayes.
The run of “The Humans” at the Hayes was always going to be a limited one, since renovations on the venue — in advance of its reopening as the Broadway space of the nonprofit Second Stage Theater — had long been set to begin sometime this summer. The move for “The Humans” had been expected, although the 1,044-seat Cort Theater (where “Bright Star” closes June 26) had looked like the show’s destination prior to a last-minute switch to the 1,031-seat Schoenfeld.
Either theater would have been significantly larger than the 576-seat Hayes, one of Broadway’s smallest venues. The larger house for “The Humans” will give the show’s producers a chance to capitalize on what looks like rising demand in the wake of the show’s Tony success. Last week — the first week following the Tony ceremony — “The Humans” posted its highest weekly gross so far.
In addition to the award for best play, “The Humans” also took home honors for featured actor (Reed Birney) and actress (Jayne Houdyshell), as well as for set design (David Zinn). Stephen Karam’s family drama also earned the top award from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
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The move will be the second for the production, directed by Joe Mantello, and its original cast. Following a much-lauded Off Broadway staging at the Roundabout Theater Company in the fall, the show swiftly moved into the Hayes for a run that started in January.
Produced on Broadway by a team led by Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, “The Humans” wraps up performances at the Hayes July 24, and then pick up at the Schoenfeld Aug. 9. Renovation on the Hayes will likely begin in August or September.