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'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to End Broadway Run

The latest stage adaptation of Truman Capote's novella, starring Emilia Clarke of HBO's "Game of Thrones" as Holly Golightly, will close after being slammed by critics.
Cory Michael Smith and Emilia Clarke
Nathan Johnson

NEW YORK -- Holly Golightly just doesn't seem to sit comfortably on a stage.

Producers have announced that the latest adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, this one written by playwright Richard Greenberg, will bring down its final curtain on Sunday after 17 previews and 38 regular performances at Broadway's Cort Theatre.

The play stars Emilia Clarke of HBO's Game of Thrones, making her Broadway debut in the iconic role of Holly, the self-invented New York social butterfly and golddigger escaping her hillbilly past. She shares the stage with Cory Michael Smith and Cheers veteran George Wendt.

The poorly received production was directed by Sean Mathias, who also staged a different version of Tiffany's that drew mixed reviews in London's West End in 2009. That incarnation was adapted by Samuel Adamson and starred Anna Friel. Both versions were spearheaded by producer Colin Ingram.

THEATER REVIEW: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Grosses for the new Broadway production, which officially opened March 20, showed some initial potential, but failed to take off after generally downbeat reviews hit.

This fast failure adds to the tarnished legacy of Tiffany's as a stage vehicle. Previously, legendary Broadway producer David Merrick had famously shut down a 1966 Broadway musical adaptation that starred Mary Tyler Moore after only four previews.

Given the beloved place in 20th century American literature of Truman Capote's 1958 novella, and the widespread affection for Blake Edwards' sanitized but nonetheless delightful 1961 screen version starring a luminous Audrey Hepburn, it might be time to leave the property alone.

The play's early closing after a curtailed run represents the second abrupt exit from Broadway this month, following the musical Hands on a Hardbody.

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