Production to hit San Francisco in April

Claudia Shear’s “Dirty Blonde” will close at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theater on March 4.

The comedy about Mae West and two of her most ardent fans opened on May 1, 1999, and will have played 20 previews and 352 regular performances on Broadway.

It transferred to the Helen Hayes after a short run at the not-for-profit New York Theatre Workshop in January and February 2000.

Shear originated the dual roles of Mae West and her fan Jo. Kathy Najimy replaced her on Jan. 8.

It was nominated for five Tonys, including best play, but nabbed no awards.

The production was capitalized at $1.2 million, and its producers included the Shubert Organization, Chase Mishkin, Bill Haber and Disney ABC. As for the show’s profit return, Shubert chairman Gerald Schoenfeld said, “It is expected to recoup after stock and amateur and tour advances.”

“Dirty Blonde” will open in San Francisco on April 17, and after an extended run, the show will tour. Shear is expected to star.

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