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CORAM BOY
at the Imperial Theater, NY

OUT OF TUNE
By Roger B. Harris
Published May 18 2007


The Broadway version of Coram Boy,( Imperial Theatre) a smash hit in London, will close up shop on May 27...unless "business improves," according to a statement from the press agent. The show will have played 30 regular performances, on top of 18 previews, if it indeed ,closes at that time.

The play, adapted by Helen Edmundson from an award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin, is set in 18th Century England. There is a large cast, a full- fledged choir, lavish sets and gobs of classical music-- Handel, to be exact. And the plot, revolving around two "orphan" boys, kidnapers of babies, ancient music and class prejudice, is not the easiest one to sell to an audience that gets high on Jersey Boys.

Even so, the show received a number of Tony Award nominations, including Best Director(Melly Still) and Featured Actresses in a Play( Jan Maxwell and Xanthe Elbrick). A Best Play nomination, which might have made a difference, alluded Coram Boy.

 

 


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