Posted on March 28, 2010
The current Broadway production of The Miracle Worker, playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre, has announced that it will be ending its run in just one week from today, with a closing date of April 4. The William Gibson play is well-known and loved (especially due to the classic film version starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft), and the Broadway revival has a host of recognizable names in the cast (including Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller, and Matthew Modine and House's Jennifer Morrison as her parents). But all of that was not enough to keep the show, which has been having trouble selling tickets for most of its run, afloat any longer. Rumors that the open-ended production might shutter early started several weeks ago, and they were apparently overwhelming enough that The Miracle Worker's producers actually went so far as to issue a press release in early March stating that they intended to stay open despite the poor ticket sales. It appears that the money has now run out, though, and the miracle needed to keep this show on Broadway has not materialized.