Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Alec Baldwin Broadway Show “Orphans” Closing After 37 Performances


After all that sturm und drang, “Orphans” is closing on Broadway. The Alec Baldwin starrer got mixed reviews but earned a Tony nomination for Tom Sturridge as Best Actor. Before the show began previews, actor Shia LaBeouf had a public spat with Baldwin and director Daniel Sullivan, and left. He was replaced by Ben Foster. Unfortunately there was more drama backstage than on stage, and box office receipts weren’t as hoped. “Orphans” is the fourth show of the new season to close quickly– “Hands on a Hardbody,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and “Testament of Mary” preceded it. It’s still a tough economy on Broadway, and only shows that really hit big, or have a built in following (“Motown”) can make it. Sturridge comes out a winner, and Foster has only added to his great reputation. Baldwin is now free to go to Cannes with his documentary made by James Toback called “Seduced and Abandoned.” And he’ll be all over the Hamptons this summer.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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