LATEST: The New York production of On Golden Pond will close indefinitely
on Sunday (26JUN05) because its star, James Earl Jones is unable to recover
from pneumonia in time to save the show.
Earlier this week (begs20JUN05) producer JEFFREY FINN said there was a
strong chance the Broadway play at the Cort Theater would close, and the cast
and crew were keeping their fingers crossed Jones would recuperate from the
illness he was
struck down with on 15 June (05).
However, Jones regrettably is too ill to return to his role as professor
NORMAN THAYER, and his absence from the show has caused such poor ticket sales,
the theatre company cannot afford to continue.
In a statement released on Thursday (23JUN05), Finn says, "The entire On
Golden Pond family is heartbroken to close this production prematurely, and
it's especially disappointing that James Earl Jones won't be with us for our
"(Jones' doctors said) the seriousness of recuperating from pneumonia
would prevent his return until sometime in August."