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Gabriel Byrne’s Broadway show Walking with Ghosts will close early amid poor box office returns

Gabriel Byrne’s Broadway show Walking with Ghosts will close early amid poor box office returns

  • Show at the Music Box Theatre will now conclude November 20 
  • It had been scheduled originally to run through December 30 
  • Byrne, 72, adapted the play from his 2020 memoir of the same title 
  • The one-man show had a better commercial showing in the U.K. 
  • It sold out shows at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre and on the West End of London prior 

Gabriel Byrne’s Broadway show Walking with Ghosts will close early amid poor box office returns.

Producers Anne Clarke, Mara Isaacs, and Neal Street revealed the news about the solo show at the Music Box Theatre, Deadline reported Wednesday.

Walking with Ghosts opened October 27, and is slated to wrap up November 20; it had been scheduled originally to run through December 30.

The latest: Gabriel Byrne's Broadway show Walking with Ghosts will close early amid poor box office returns. He was snapped on October 27 onstage at the Music Box Theatre

The latest: Gabriel Byrne’s Broadway show Walking with Ghosts will close early amid poor box office returns. He was snapped on October 27 onstage at the Music Box Theatre

Byrne, 72, adapted the play from his 2020 memoir of the same title, with Lonny Price directing, Sinéad McKenna on scenic and lighting design, Joan O’Clery on costume design and Sinéad Diskin on music and sound design.

It initially opened to previews October 18, and grossed over $168,378 after seven shows, many of them filling less than half of the seats at the venue.

The series had a better commercial showing in the U.K., as it sold out shows at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre and on the West End of London prior to landing on Broadway.

Byrne, who has been seen in films such as The Usual Suspects, The Man in the Iron Mask, End of Days and Miller’s Crossing, was nominated for Tony awards in 2000 (A Moon for the Misbegotten) and 2016 (Long Day’s Journey Into Night). He also appeared in A Touch of the Poet in 2005.

The one-man show focused on Byrne reflecting on his life

The one-man show focused on Byrne reflecting on his life

The series had a better commercial showing in the U.K., as it sold out shows at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre and on the West End of London prior to landing on Broadway

The series had a better commercial showing in the U.K., as it sold out shows at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre and on the West End of London prior to landing on Broadway 

The one-man show focused on Byrne reflecting on his life, as a synopsis read, ‘As a young boy growing up on the outskirts of Dublin, the stage and screen legend sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city.

‘Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and commentary on stardom, the actor-writer returns to Broadway to reflect on a life’s journey.’

Byrne chat last week with Vogue about his reverence behind the history of the Music Box Theatre.

‘You are never not conscious of the fact that this is the mythical Broadway and this theater is the theater of Irving Berlin and George Kaufman,’ he said. ‘Berlin’s piano is downstairs in the basement; somebody said that this mysterious piano was being played the other night, but when they went down to investigate, there was nobody there. So the place could be haunted by Irving Berlin and his piano.’

He said of his production: ‘It’s not even so much about my life. I put my life out there so you can think about yours. That’s really what my intent is.

‘And the great thing about drama is that my parents passed away a while ago but every night I am able to have a conversation with them on stage. I can bring them to life again and have that conversation you wished you had when they were alive. 

‘I am going down this road of saying things that I might not be able to say in real life to people. By speaking these things out, they lose their power over you and you battle the silence and shame. That’s been very healing for me.’ 

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