Friday, February 15, 2008

August: Osage County Will Extend Again, Moving To Music Box

August: Osage County Will Extend Again, Moving To Music Box

Tracy Letts' wildly successful play August: Osage County will extend yet again, ensuring performances straight through the all-important Tony Award voting period.

That news has been confirmed to Steve On Broadway by several sources close to the show who tell me that the show may be extended for up to six months.

What's the catch? According to my sources, the best play I've seen over the last five years must move. It's no secret that its current Imperial Theatre home will host the Broadway incarnation of Billy Elliot The Musical come September.

Since The Farnsworth Invention is now scheduled to vacate the significantly smaller (read: more intimate) Music Box Theatre on March 2, look for August: Osage County to move over. Although AOC's gargantuan three-story set must be meticulously moved, the Music Box is literally right next door to the Imperial on 45th Street.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 15 February, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 15 February, 2008, Blogger Esther said...

That would be terrific news, although I can't imagine what's involved in taking apart and rebuilding that awesome three-story set.

And wow, extending for up to six months! It's great to see a new American play get that kind of reception. I just wonder, though, don't most of the actors live in Chicago? How will that affect their future commitments?

At 15 February, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who doubts the brilliance of this play is a fool. I go to the theatre to e delighted and entertained. This Play is it. It's a ... Phenomenon!!!!

At 15 February, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

According to Riedel's column today (which, by the way, came out after I posted this story), he indicated that the critically acclaimed production of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart currently at BAM (and which scored major Olivier nominations over in London) will be taking AOC's vacated space before Billy Elliot moves in. How's that for some non-musical chairs?!

Esther, I get the sense from talking with folks associated with the production that an extension is daunting, and yes, most actors live in Chicago, but it's exciting for them.

Anonymous, I agree that this play is it!

At 15 February, 2008, Blogger Esther said...

I read the news first on Steve on Broadway! Way to go, Scoop!

At 15 February, 2008, Blogger Alicia said...

Ooooh... I'm all aquiver at the thought of seeing it in a more intimate space. I'm gonna wait to see it again, then, until it moves to the Music Box.

How was the V-Day performance!?! Awesome, I'm sure.

At 16 February, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Steve, Does that mean that Macbeth will have an new and extended run?

At 16 February, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

From what Riedel has said, it looks like a fresh run via a Broadway transfer.

At 18 February, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


As if Letts needs more affirmation. I think not. It stands clear. However, Frank Rich has an op-ed in the Times today. For any August naysayer, this should confirm the Brilliance of this Play. I've never read such praise about ANY show. EVER! I heard that Albee's Virginia Woolf knocked the socks of NY back in the sixties. So, we'll see if Hollywood comes knocking on Letts' door soon. I hope that he stays in Chicago.

At 21 February, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Anonymous, That Frank Rich column reaffirms why this show is unmissable. And to be honest, I have infinitely more respect for Mr. Rich than I do for any other theatre critic writing today.


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