‘Body’ set to expire Jan. 2

Ensler show's grosses put it near bottom of B.O. chart

“The Good Body” joins the fleet of Broadway productions ready to call it quits in early January. The solo act, starring and written by Eve Ensler, plays its final perf Jan. 2. The limited 12-week engagement originally was announced to close Jan. 16.

“Good Body” opened Nov. 15 at the Booth Theater, where it will have played 27 previews and 56 regular perfs.

Last week, the Ensler show grossed $114,778, which put it near the bottom of Broadway’s B.O. chart. Only “Golda’s Balcony” took in fewer receipts, $114,320, and that show closes Jan. 2.

“The Pillowman” follows “Good Body” into the Booth Theater. Martin McDonagh’s drama, a Brit import, opens April 10.

“Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed” replaces “Golda’s Balcony” at the Helen Hayes. It opens March 23.

The soon-to-be-shuttered shows join “Bombay Dreams” and “Dracula,” which Tuesday announced closing dates of Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, respectively. The show heading into the Belasco, Denzel Washington starrer “Julius Caesar,” just announced it starts previews March 8 for an April 3 opening.

Home to “Bombay Dreams,” the 1,752-seat Broadway Theater will be harder to fill. Unlike plays, productions of big musicals are rarely whipped into shape in a few months.

In addition to the four shows closing, two or three others look wobbly at the box office and may take advantage of the high-grossing December holidays before they get out of town to avoid the winter B.O. blues of January-February. Five or six closings is standard for the month of January.

If half a dozen disappear in early 2005, that will leave approximately 25 shows on the Broadway boards. Last January, there were 26 still running; in January 2002, there were 31.

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