Four Broadway shows will be taking their last bows today. Two of the closures – Exit the King and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone – were limited runs and therefore expected. However, two other closings – Reasons To Be Pretty and Guys and Dolls – were only announced days ago and likely due to their failure to earn any Tony Awards this past Sunday. Post-Tony closing announcements are something of a tradition on Broadway. Many struggling shows make the effort to continue running until Tony time, in the hopes that if they snag a win, it will result in an upswing in ticket sales. Unfortunately Reasons To Be Pretty, which has had a hard time selling tickets despite good buzz and positive reviews, lost the Best Play award to God of Carnage, and it didn’t get any actor wins either. Although Guys and Dolls did fail to win Best Musical Revival, its closing announcement was far more surprising, considering it has done respectable (if not impressive) box office sales during its run.
The new Broadway play Reasons To Be Pretty is changing around its performance schedule a bit, now adding Monday night performances to the roster. This could be a smart move for the intimate four-person show, as it will have less competition with other Broadway shows and should therefore be able to bring in a bigger audience than it had been on Thursday nights (the Thursday night performance will be discontinued in favor of the new Monday night shows). Written by playwright Neil Labute, Reasons To Be Pretty started life Off-Broadway at the Lortel Theatre before transferring to the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. The play, starring Thomas Sadoski, Marin Ireland, Piper Perabo, and Steven Pasquale, was acclaimed Off-Broadway and was also greeted with largely good reviews when it opened on Broadway recently. Reasons To Be Pretty is Neil Labute’s latest play on the theme of beauty and how it affects our personal relationships – the previous two being The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. Although Labute has had numerous Off-Broadway and regional productions of his work, and he has written screenplays as well, this does in fact mark his debut on Broadway.
Neil LaBute, who usually has one or two plays on New York’s Off-Broadway stage every year, will finally make his Broadway debut next year when his play reasons to be pretty transfers to a Broadway theater yet to be announced. reasons to be pretty, a four-person play that has won over many of LaBute’s harsher critics, has enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in a production by the MCC Theater. The comic drama starring Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Piper Perabo, and Pablo Schreiber will begin previews on Broadway on February 13, with its original cast intact.