Tony Awards: 'Living on Love' is First Casualty

Joan Marcus
Douglas Sills and Renee Fleming in 'Living on Love'

After coming up empty-handed in the nominations Tuesday morning, the comedy starring operatic soprano Renee Fleming will close on Sunday.

No Tony nomination, no future.

After struggling to attract audiences and drawing largely dismissive reviews from critics, the screwball comedy Living on Love has posted a swift closing notice for Sunday May 3. 

The play was written by Joe DiPietro, based on the 1985 Garson Kanin comedy Peccadillo. Lyric soprano Renee Fleming makes her Broadway debut, starring opposite Douglas Sills as married celebrities from the classical music world who spar over rival memoirs and flirtations with their respective ghost writers, played by Jerry O'Connell and Anna Chlumsky.

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Kathleen Marshall directed the production, which opened April 20 at the Longacre Theatre, after previewing from April 1. The limited engagement had been scheduled to play through Aug. 2. However, with grosses of just $651,000 after almost four weeks, only a Tony nomination or two might have extended the show's life.

Lead producers on the play are Scott Landis and Philip Morgaman. On its closing date, Living on Love will have played 21 previews and 16 regular performances.

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The play is one of two productions closing abruptly on Sunday. The other is the revival of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, which snagged a sole nomination on Tuesday for lead actress Elisabeth Moss. The play began performances Feb. 23 at the Music Box Theatre, opening to generally positive reviews, and had been scheduled to run through Aug. 9. However, it proved only a modest draw, grossing $2.9 million to date.

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