re: Best Play/Musical Winners That Weren't Currently Running?
Posted by: mikem 01:07 pm EDT 06/10/24
In reply to: re: Best Play/Musical Winners That Weren't Currently Running? - ruff24 04:23 pm EDT 06/07/24

As you mentioned, Best Plays that aren't running at the time of the Tonys ceremony close either because they are a limited run with a star, or because the box office isn't good enough. For whatever reason, it's pretty unusual for a Best Play winner to have box office that's really poor. I think that happens more with Best Musicals, where you have ones like Gentlemen's Guide or Memphis that win despite struggling at the box office for months. The Inheritance is the only Best Play winner in recent memory that closed prior to the ceremony because of poor box office as opposed to stars leaving. (The Inheritance also won during the COVID-wacky year, but it was scheduled to close that weekend in March 2020, anyway; if COVID hadn't happened, The Lehman Trilogy would have won, and this would be a moot point.)

The Coast of Utopia closed about a month before the Tonys ceremony, but I think that was driven by star availability rather than poor ticket sales.

For this year, I don't think anything but Stereophonic has a chance.
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