Alec Baldwin’s ‘Orphans’ to close on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — The play “Orphans” has been orphaned on Broadway.

Producers said Monday that Lyle Kessler’s play starring Alec Baldwin will close May 19 after 27 previews and 37 regular performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

The play earned Tom Sturridge a best lead actor Tony Award nomination and it was named among the Tony contenders for best revival. It tells the story of two orphaned brothers who kidnap an older man.

The show was perhaps best known for a creative dustup between Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf, which led to the younger man’s leaving before the show opened. Ben Foster replaced LaBeouf.

It joins “The Testament of Mary,” ”Hands on a Hardbody,” ”The Anarchist,” ”Scandalous,” ”Jekyll & Hyde” and “The Performers” to have short Broadway lives this season.

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Online: http://www.orphansonbroadway.com

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