Tony Postmortem: ‘The Visit’ Sets Sunday Closing Date

Thom Kaine

As surely as Monday follows Sunday, closing notices go up for struggling shows that leave the Tony Awards empty-handed. First to go dark in the wake of last night’s awards will be The Visit. A nominee for best musical and for leading lady Chita Rivera as well as three other Tonys, the show has searched for an audience since opening, with producer Tom Kirdahy hoping to get a push for the dark show from a Tony win that was not to be. The Visit went home with a warm Broadway embrace for its octogenarian star — but no metal and no cash.

The final collaboration between composer John Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb, with book by Terrence McNally based on the Friedrich Dürrenmatt play, The Visit will close after the matinee on Sunday, June 14. The show, staged by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, began previews at the Lyceum Theatre on March 26 and opened April 23. It was some 14 years in the making, with the current incarnation first presented last summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.


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