‘Elling’ not gelling so shuttering Nov. 28

Dismissed by the critics when it opened Nov. 21, “Elling” is closing after just nine regular performances. Adapted by Simon Elling from the 2002 Oscar-nominated Norwegian comedy, the play was a hit in the West End three years ago. However, the frothy comedy fell flat with audiences on this side of the pond. And such a short run does not bode well for being remembered by any of the season-end awards.

Tony champ Denis O’Hare (“Take Me Out”) played the title character, one of a pair of mismatched roommates, while Brendan Fraser made his ill-fated Broadway debut as the other. Also along for the bumpy ride were Tony winner Richard Easton (“The Invention of Love”) and a pair of one-time Drama Desk contenders — Jennifer Coolidge (“The Women”) and Jeremy Shamos (“Animals Out of Paper”).

Behind the scenes was led by Tony-winning director Doug Hughes (“Doubt”) who marshalled talented Tony-winning folk like two-time champ set designer Scott Pask, five-time top costume designer Catherine Zuber and one-time winner lighting designer Kenneth Posner.

Image: “Elling” Playbill cover (Ethel Barrymore Theater)

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