“Love Letters” Revival Wraps Early

The Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” will play its final performance Dec. 14 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Upon closing, the production will have played 95 regular performances, and 6 preview performances.

“Love Letters” opened on Sept. 18 to strong reviews, but struggled to find box office success among an unusually crowded fall.

Directed by Gregory Mosher, “Love Letters” depicts the 50-year relationship between two friends -- Melissa Gardner and Ander Makepeace Ladd III -- through a reading of the cards, notes and yes, love letters, they exchanged. The play examines love, regret and choice amidst life’s greatest successes and disappointments.

The revival had a revolving cast of stars, including Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, who opened the production, and Carol Burnett, who returned to Broadway after more than 10 years away.

Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, who stepped into the production on Nov. 9, will remain with “Love Letters” through closing.

The revival was originally scheduled to end its limited run Feb. 15, with Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen rotating through the cast in final weeks.

The original Broadway production of “Love Letters” opened in 1989. In the last 26 years, the play has proven to be one of the theater’s most enduring romances, with productions of the play appearing in over 40 countries around the world.

A national tour of the Mosher’s production will launch in the fall of 2015. Casting a full tour schedule will be announced soon.

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