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The Foreigner Over and out for ‘Elling’. It is exit left for ‘Elling’. Simon Bent’s stage production of the popular Norwegian film is to close after just one week. Odd couple Elling and Kjell Bjarne never made it out of their apartment in New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater, but they are now being shown Broadway’s back door. The play has received mixed press reviews and has earned just USD 145,070 to date, according to The New York Times’ Patrick Healy.

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Over and out for ‘Elling’

Published on Friday, 26th November, 2010 at 10:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

It is exit left for ‘Elling’. Simon Bent’s stage production of the popular Norwegian film is to close after just one week.



Odd couple Elling and Kjell Bjarne never made it out of their apartment in New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater, but they are now being shown Broadway’s back door.

The play has received mixed press reviews and has earned just USD 145,070 to date, according to The New York Times’ Patrick Healy.

Fred Olav Johannessen, who licenses Elling worldwide, tells VG he believes the short run was because the production had strayed too far from its original concept.

“The performance was simply not good enough. The work has a warm sense of humour. They dispensed with this on Broadway and tried to turn it into pure comedy. Both the film’s screenwriter Axel Hellstenius and director Petter Næss agreed much of its charm had disappeared on the way to Broadway,” he says.

The last performance is on Sunday.




Published on Friday, 26th November, 2010 at 10:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: elling, broadway, new, york, ny, ethel, barrymore, theater, ingvar, ambjoernsen, simon, bent, petter, naess, eva, isaksen, terry, teachout, charles, isherwood, critics, reviews.





  
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