Two Broadway shows have set their exits, with musical “Scandalous” and play “The Anarchist” both closing later this month.
“Scandalous,” the new tuner with a book by Kathie Lee Gifford, earned largely negative reviews when it opened Nov. 15 and was holding on in the hopes of gaining sales momentum through word of mouth. The production saw B.O. increase last week to $370,243, but that’s a small number for a large-cast musical with a full orchestra. Attendance was still just 38%.
Show’s figures during the tourist-flooded Thanksgiving frame, when the production played to 31% capacity auds, suggested it wasn’t catching on with the out-of-towners that play an important part in keeping Broadway tuners afloat.
“Anarchist,” the latest play by David Mamet, opened Sunday and also generally got a thumbs-down from critics. Sales during its three weeks of previews have been unimpressive but not yet dire, with the two-actor production hitting $350,000 and playing to 80% of capacity in its opening week.
Notices were downbeat enough that no sales momentum could be suspected to result from them. Besides, there would likely be little benefit in sticking it out through Christmas, since the upcoming holiday sales boom is traditionally reserved for crowdpleasing musicals rather than plays.
Patti LuPone and Debra Winger star in the show, which Mamet directed as well as wrote. Storyline centers on a former radical (LuPone), jailed for life for a violent crime, pleading to her prison warden (Winger) to be released.
Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Howard and Janet Kagan and Jam Theatricals, among others, produce “Anarchist.” Richards, Frankel and Jam Theatricals are also behind the revival of the Al Pacino toplined revival of another Mamet Play, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which has been raking in the cash this fall.
“Scandalous,” which stars Carolee Carmello in a bio-tuner about evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, is produced by a team including Betsy and David DeVos and Foursquare Foundation. Exec producer Jeffrey Finn is also the producer of the current Katie Holmes starrer “Dead Accounts.”
“Scandalous” will close Dec. 9, “Anarchist” on Dec. 16.