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August closing at end of June

Posted By on 06.19.09 at 09:06 AM

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The Broadway production of  August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Tracy Letts, will close at the end of the month. It plays its final performance Sunday, June 28. The announcement comes a week after casting was announced for a touring production, which will come to Chicago's Oriental Theatre in February.

August: Osage County opened on Broadway December 4, 2007, following its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre the previous summer. The Broadway production--which won Tonys for best play, best director (Anna D. Shapiro), best actress (Deanna Dunagan), best featured actress (Rondi Reed), and best set design (Todd Rosenthal)--will have played 648 performances and 18 previews, surpassing other long-running non-musical hits such as A Man for All Seasons and Auntie Mame. (The record for a "straight" play on Broadway is held by Life With Father, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's stage version of Clarence Day's autobiographical stories of a Victorian family, which ran from November 8, 1939, through July 12, 1947, for an astounding 3,224 performances.)

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