Following close on the heels of the shocking news that two Tony winner “Indecent” is going to close, comes word that Pulitzer Prize Winner “Sweat” and also “Six Degrees of Separation” are also both going to close within the next two weeks. Neither “Sweat” which I actually loved, not “Six Degrees” won no Tonys. When straight plays(not musicals), don’t win any Tonys at all, it’s usually the kiss of death. Even for Pulitzer Prize winners, like Lynn Notage’s “Sweat.”
It’s such a shame. Musicals, of course, fair much better.
I mean, just look at “Bronx Tale” which has been running since the winter. No awards. Not much critical acclaim, but there it is, still there. Of course, it’s got Robert DeNiro’s magic name attached to it as co-director with Gerry Zaks, who also helmed “Hello, Dolly!” this year.
“Hello, Delly!” won Best Actress for Bette Midler and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Bway stalwart Gavin Creel.In a completely opposite case, just TRY to get a ticket to “Hello, Dolly!” just TRY! It’s either feast or famine on Broadway. And then there’s shows like the controversial, horrifying prescient “Julius Caesar” in Central Park, which had a limited run in the first place and is also closing Sunday, like “Six Degrees of Separation.” Tickets, of course, are free, and you have to line up at the crack of dawn to get them. But the night I saw it, before all the media firestorm descended upon it, It was sold out to the walls. But it was a limited run to begin with.
Next up in Central Park is “Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” one of Shakespeare’s most uproarious comedies(If done right) and Bavesh Patel, currently cracking audiences up with Tony winner Kevin Kline’s “Present Laughter” should be great casting in the role of Lysander. Can’t wait for that one!