Mothers And Sons, the Tony-nominated Terrence McNally drama starring Tyne Daly as an angry, rigid mother visiting the former lover of her son, who died years earlier of AIDS, became the first victim of post-Tony blues this morning. The show, which also starred Frederick Weller and Bobby Steggert, struggled at the box office despite a vigorous publicity push and Tony nods for Best Play and for Daly’s performance. After leaving Sunday’s Tonys empty-handed, it will shutter at the Golden Theatre on June 22, the producers announced this morning. Ticket sales generally settled at around 25% of the Golden’s gross capacity of $767,440.
The news hasn’t been all bad for McNally, however. Producers earlier announced that the killer box office combo of Matthew Broderick ad Nathan Lane (The Producers) will be reconstituted for a fall Broadway revival of McNally’s 1982 comedy, It’s Only A Play. Also in the cast: Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and Megan Mullally. The play ran off-off Broadway and off-Broadway, but the new production will mark its Broadway debut.