'Disgraced' Ends Broadway Run
Playwright Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize winner will play its final performance at the Lyceum Theatre on March 1 before embarking on a U.S. tour in November
The winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Disgraced, will end its Broadway engagement on March 1 after a commercially disappointing run of just over three months.
Written by Ayad Akhtar, the play revolves around a successful Muslim-American New York lawyer whose racial identity and reputation are called into question after he becomes reluctantly associated with a persecuted imam. His personal and professional relationships unravel at breakneck speed during a disastrous dinner party in his Upper West Side apartment.
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Directed by Kimberly Senior, Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Danny Ashok, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor.
The Lincoln Center Theater production drew rave reviews in its off-Broadway premiere, and while the Broadway transfer was also well received, some critics felt the play's impact was softened by the move into a larger theater, as well as by the loss of original lead Aasif Mandvi, who was unable to continue in the role due to other commitments.
After officially opening on Oct. 23, the play generated a few solid weeks at the box office, but it never quite caught on as must-see Broadway fare, performing to houses in the 70-percent-capacity range even through the lucrative holiday period. Cumulative box office to date is just over $5.6 million.
Lead producer the Araca Group announced the closing on Sunday, along with plans for a U.S. tour to begin in November.
The Broadway engagement will close at the Lyceum Theatre after a run of 27 previews and 149 regular performances. The show's departure leaves a playhouse vacant for producers to pounce on before the late-April Tony Awards eligibility deadline.