Clybourne Park and One Man, Two Guvnors Close on Broadway

Two of Broadway’s most critically successful plays this summer are both ending their runs today, Clybourne Park and One Man, Two Guvnors.

A scathing comedy that tackled issues like race and gentrification, Bruce Norris’s acclaimed Clybourne Park opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre in April.  Although the play went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play, and its ticket sales were respectable, it never quite became a hit with audiences.  Given the play’s awards, though, it is likely to do well in regional theater.

One Man, Two Guvnors, which also opened on Broadway in April, arrived in New York City having already been a big hit in London’s West End.  The 1960s-set breakneck farce with music enjoyed equally positive word-of-mouth from locals, rave reviews from the critics, and good box office sales.  In fact, unlike most Broadway productions, One Man, Two Guvnors managed to recoup its investment, even though it played less than 200 performances during its limited engagement at the Music Box Theatre.

Once Takes Top Honors at the 2012 Tony Awards

Many Broadway shows were honored at the 2012 Tony Awards this past Sunday evening, but it was the musical Once, based on the Irish indie film of the same name, that received the most recognition, nabbing eight Tonys (including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Steve Kazee).

Little-show-that-could Peter and the Starcatcher won the second largest number of Tony Awards, taking a total of five Tonys, including Best Featured Actor in a Play for Christian Borle (now well-known to TV audiences for his role as a Broadway songwriter in the NBC series Smash).

Beloved Broadway actress Audra McDonald received her fifth Tony Award, this time for her acclaimed performance in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which took the Best Musical Revival award.

The Best Play award went to the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, while the Best Revival of a Play award went to the sell-out production of Arthur Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman (co-starring Andrew Garfield, star of the new Spider-man movie).

Newsies, the Disney film flop that has now become a popular Broadway show, won Best Score (for lyricist Jack Feldman and composer Alan Menken), as well as Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli’s energetic dance moves.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, this year’s Tony Awards ceremony not only featured the presentation of the awards to this season’s winners, but also several musical performances (including a special performance by the cruise ship cast of Hairspray on the high seas) and special awards like one given to Hugh Jackman in recognition of the money he raised for charity while performing his solo show.