Broadway flop alert! 'Chaplin,' 'Scandalous,' 'The Anarchist' to close
It’s a bleak week on the Great White Way, with final curtains announced for three new fall shows. The musical Chaplin will shuffle-step off Broadway on Jan. 6 after a four-month run of 24 previews and 136 regular performances. Producers are still planning to mount a national tour of the show in 2014 in hopes of recouping their investment. The show about the silent-screen star opened to tepid reviews, including a C+ from EW, and struggled to attract an audience. For the week ending Dec. 1, it earned just $354,820 or roughly 38 percent of its potential gross, according to figures from the Broadway League.
Another biomusical, another early casualty: Scandalous, a musical about early-20th-century preacher Aimee Semple McPherson with book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford, will close this Sunday after playing 31 previews and 29 regular performances. When it opened on Nov. 15, the reported $9 million production was greeted by a chorus of pans, including a B– from EW’s Keith Staskiewicz, and the box office numbers have been the weakest of just about any Broadway show this year. Last week, Scandalous mustered only $370,243, less than a third of its potential earnings. Worse, the cast played to houses that averaged less than 38 percent full.
One of the season’s quickest flops is David Mamet’s The Anarchist, which is closing Dec. 16 — just two weeks after its Dec. 2 opening. The 65-minute prison-set drama starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger (pictured above) received mixed to negative reviews, including a B– from EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum. More critically, it failed to gain much traction with audiences — last week earning $350,479, or about 45 percent of its maximum gross — especially when compared to the star-studded revival of Mamet’s 1984 hit Glengarry Glen Ross, which has consistently been selling out even before its official opening this Saturday.
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