Love Letters won’t be here for Valentine’s Day.
The Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's epistolary two-hander about the 50-year romantic friendship between a pair of New England blue bloods who connect only fleetingly despite their mutual passion has posted an abrupt closing notice for Dec. 14.
Directed by Gregory Mosher, the production features a rotating cast of name stars and had been scheduled to run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through Feb. 15.
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Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy opened in the show on Sept. 18 to strong reviews. Carol Burnett stepped in opposite Dennehy on Oct. 11, with current stars Alan Alda and Candice Bergen taking over the roles on Nov. 9.
Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg had been scheduled to perform next, though that duo's start date was pushed back, presumably due to slow sales, while Angelica Huston and Martin Sheen were announced to follow in January. But producers have opted instead to pull the plug, an unusual move in the run-up to the holidays, which is Broadway's busiest sales period.
The play had its strongest weeks at the box office with Alda and Bergen. However, the stripped-down concept, with the two actors sitting at a table reading their characters' correspondence throughout, was evidently a tough sell at Broadway prices. Total box office through Dec. 7 is just $3.8 million.
Lead producers on Love Letters are Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli and Frederick Zollo.
The fall season on Broadway has yielded no shortage of strong-selling non-musicals, led by the comedy It's Only a Play, headlined by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Star-driven plays including The River with Hugh Jackman, The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper and A Delicate Balance with Glenn Close, along with the critically lauded Brit import The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, have made this season a highly competitive one for playgoers' attention.
Love Letters will have played six previews and 95 regular performances when it closes. Producers have announced a national tour of the play to launch in fall 2015, with cities, dates and stars to be announced.