Broadway theaters offering just 1 non-musical show next week

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Posted: Sep 01, 2016 11:39 AM
Broadway theaters offering just 1 non-musical show next week

NEW YORK (AP) — For all next week, Broadway-goers not in the mood for a musical will have only one option.

"The Humans," Stephen Karam's play about a fractious family's get-together, will be the only non-musical show on offer at any of the 40 Broadway theaters after the closing of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" on Sept. 4.

The quirk in theatrical timing won't last for long: A Lewis Black comedy show begins performances Sept. 12 at the Marquis Theatre and a revival of "The Cherry Orchard" begins Sept. 15 at the American Airlines Theatre.

"The Humans" took a short break this summer, changing homes from the Helen Hayes Theatre to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It won four Tonys, including best new play and earned wins for two mainstays of the New York stage — Jayne Houdyshell and her stage husband, Reed Birney.

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Of the 39 productions that opened during the 2015-16 season, there were 20 plays, including nine new works and 11 revivals. But plays rarely generate as much revenue or last as long as musicals on the Great White Way.