Entertainment & Arts

Alicia Keys Broadway play Stick Fly closing

Stick Fly's Mekhi Phifer and Tracie Thoms
Image caption ER star Mekhi Phifer and Cold Case actress Tracie Thoms appear in the Broadway play

A Broadway play co-produced by R&B singer Alicia Keys is to close after failing to perform at the box office.

Stick Fly, about a rich black family who gather at their holiday home on Martha's Vineyard, received mainly favourable reviews from critics.

However last week it took only $238,338 (£150,574) - about 26% of its $903,858 (£571.295) potential, with the Cort Theatre about 57% full.

Its last show will be on 26 February after three months of performances.

The play stars West Wing actor Dule Hill and ER's Mekhi Phifer as brothers who decide to introduce their girlfriends to their parents on the same weekend, sparking sibling rivalry.

When the play was first announced last June, Keys said she was "passionate" about Lydia R Diamond's play because it "portrays black America in a way that we don't often get to see in entertainment".

"This is a story that everybody can relate to," Keys said.

"I know it will touch all audiences who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house."

Since the show began previews on 20 November, weekly box office takings had rarely topped $300,000 (£190,000), making a financial loss for producers.

By the time it closes, the play will have run for 24 previews and 92 regular performances.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites