'Life of Pi' sets Broadway closing date
The stage adaptation of Yann Martel's bestselling adventure book about a shipwrecked teenager and tiger won three Tony Awards for its unique stagecraft.
Pi's journey is coming to an end. The Tony Award-winning play Life of Pi will now play its last performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on July 23, after originally being scheduled to run through September 3.
Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel's bestselling, award-winning adventure book, which also became an Oscar-winning film. Author Lolita Chakrabarti and director Max Webster's stage adaptation premiered in London, where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play and Best Actor for Hiran Abeysekara, who also plays Pi on Broadway.
The Broadway adaptation won three 2023 Tony Awards for scenic, lighting, and sound design. The play also received critical acclaim; the four-star Life of Pi review on New York Theatre Guide calls the show "a deeply wondrous spectacle that teems with beauty and brutality."
The play's title character is a teenage boy who survives a shipwreck with only fierce zoo animals, including a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, for company on a tiny lifeboat. After finally being rescued, he recounts his wild tale to officials, and his memories come to life with intricate design and lifelike animal puppetry.
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Photo credit: Life of Pi on Broadway. (Photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)
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