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'Ann,' with Holland Taylor, cuts its Broadway run short

June 12, 2013|By David Ng
  • Holland Taylor in the one-woman play "Ann" at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York.
Holland Taylor in the one-woman play "Ann" at the Vivian Beaumont… (The Hartman Group )

"Ann," the one-woman show starring Holland Taylor as former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, has posted a closing notice on Broadway. The play will have its last performance at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on June 30.

Taylor received a Tony Award nomination for her performance but lost on Sunday to Cicely Tyson in "The Trip to Bountiful."

"Ann" officially opened March 7. Producers of the play recently announced that they would be extending its run through Sept. 1. But Wednesday's announcement of the closure indicates that ticket sales weren't strong enough to sustain an extension.

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"Ann" has struggled in recent weeks to fill seats at the Vivian Beaumont, a 1,100-seat venue at Lincoln Center more accustomed to large productions like "War Horse" and "The Coast of Utopia." The drama, which Taylor wrote, has played to less than half capacity for much of its run.

Taylor developed "Ann" at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood. She later brought the play to theaters in Texas as well as to Chicago. "Ann" also played at the Kennedy Center in Washington before arriving in New York. 


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