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Post-Tonys Week Boasts Broadway Closings and Extensions

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Post-Tonys Week Boasts Broadway Closings and Extensions
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There’s been a lot of shuffling happening on Broadway in the post-Tonys week, when many shows un-loved by the awards must leave the Great White Way.

However, it doesn’t look like “Once” will be departing the Bernard Jacobs Theatre anytime soon. After the musical, which started at the New York Musical Theater Workshop in the fall, had its best week ever at the box office, landing in the top 10 grossing shows for the first time, it went on to lead the Tony winners with eight total, including Best Musical and Best Actor. A national tour has been announced, and according to producers, more stops could be added to the tour. The casting directors for the Broadway production is Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel.

After winning Best Play on Sunday, Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” extended its limited run for a second time and is now set to close at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Sept. 2.

With no Tony wins, the revival of “Streetcar Named Desire,” which initially announced an extension of its limited run, will now shutter on its original closing date, July 22, at the Broadhurst Theater. There’s talk of the show moving to London for a Fall 2012 opening. Casting has not been confirmed for a London run. Will Cantler at Telsey + Company cast the Broadway production.

Though leading lady Linda Lavin secured a Tony nomination for her role, Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons will close at the Cort Theater July 1.

Producer Ken Davenport announced on his blog before the Tonys that “Godspell” would close if the performance on the broadcast didn’t boost ticket sales. And it looks like Davenport’s announcement was prophetic, as the production is set to take its final bow at the Circle in the Square on June 24.

However, "End of the Rainbow," which stars nominee Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland, saw a bump at the box office thanks to Bennett's Tony performance, and has extended its Broadway run through January 6, 2013. The casting director is Pat McCorkle.

The Tony-winning revival of “Anything Goes” will close Aug. 5, five weeks ahead of its originally scheduled date.

The Lyceum, Booth, and American Airlines Theatres will all go vacant June 17, with “Venus in Fur,” “Other Desert Cities,” and “Don’t Dress for Dinner” closing.

With the slew of shows bidding farewell to Broadway, the stage is set for new and returning productions to fill the theaters for the 2012-2013 season. The 2010 Tony-winning “Fela!” is coming back to Broadway and will play at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre July 9–Aug. 4. The stop will be part of the show’s tour, and original Broadway star Sahr Ngaujah, who earned a Tony nomination for playing the title role, will reprise his role in the production. Casting for the production is by Mungioli Theatricals, Inc.

There’s a new team in town for “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man,” which will welcome Cybill Shepherd, Kristin Davis, John Stamos, and Elizabeth Ashley to the production at the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre. Candice Bergen, Kerry Butler, and Eric McCormack will depart July 8, and Angela Lansbury will make her final exit July 24. The show is cast by Will Cantler at Telsey + Company.

Susan Stroman landed the coveted director/choreographer job for Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” which is scheduled to open in the 2013-2014 season at a theater to be announced. Stroman is also co-director/choreographer on “Prince of Broadway,” which is set to open in 2013, and is working on a musical adaptation of the film “Big Fish.”

Also about bullets, Woody Harrelson will bring his "Bullet for Adolf," which he co-wrote wrote and directs the play, to Off-Broadway, opening at New World Stages on July 19.

And finally, in more big-stars-coming-to-Broadway news, Al Pacino will make his return to the Great White Way with “Glengarry Glen Ross,” set to begin performances at the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre Oct. 16, with an official opening Nov. 11. Daniel Sullivan, who also directed “Merchant of Venice” on Broadway with Pacino, will direct.

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