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Leguizamo back on Broadway

'Ghetto Klown' kicks off 12-week run on Feb. 21

John Leguizamo returns to Broadway this winter with his new solo play “Ghetto Klown,” which will have a 12-week engagement with previews beginning Feb. 21 at the Lyceum Theater. Opening night is set for March 22. Fisher Stevens directs.

“Ghetto Klown” is another autobiographical show from Leguizamo, following his other Broadway efforts “Freak” and “Sexaholix,” which proved such a hit that the writer-thesp was one of the highest paid performers on the Gotham boards during the 2001-02 season, earning upwards of $70,000 a week during the show’s run. “Sexaholix” returned to Broadway in 2003 for a limited engagement.

Leguizamo’s success with that show, however, was not repeated when he appeared as one of three actors in a 2008 revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” which played only one week of regular perfs.

“Ghetto Klown” is presented by WestBeth Entertainment, Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent.

The Leguizamo show will go into the Lyceum, which had been home to the recently shuttered musical “The Scottsboro Boys.”

Another tuner that has not done well at the box office, Lincoln Center Theater’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” will close three weeks earlier than originally announced, on Sunday. The new musical by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”) took in under 50% of its gross potential this Christmas week at the Belasco Theater.

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