Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Broadway: Pam Anderson’s 2nd Week in “Chicago” a Bust So Jennifer Holliday’s the Next Big Name Coming to the Show


Pamela Anderson in “Chicago” got a lot of press for a few minutes. Adding the sexy siren to Broadway’s longest running show seemed like good stunt casting. After all, many Big Names have danced their way through Bob Fosse’s great production in the past.

But Pam is neither a singer nor dancer and barely an actor. So her draw was limited to curiosity if she’d make it through a whole performance. Her debut was back on April 11th.

Initially, box office receipts spiked. The number jumped from $543K to $829K. That brought “Chicago” Christmas week numbers. But last week, two weeks into Pam’s eight week run, “Chicago” fell back to Earth at $585,000. Lack of international tourists thanks to COVID is still affecting ticket sales. “Chicago” was always a must-see for visitors from faraway places like Japan, and Mars.

So now what? Short of bringing in Tommy Lee or Kid Rock, her ex-husbands, as Billy Flynn, the producers now turn to beloved “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Holliday to play Mama Morton beginning June 9th — or when Anderson leave. They can’t afford two marquee names at the same time. Will this work? Or is it time to let “Chicago” take a rest. It opened on November 14, 1996 after two weeks of previews.

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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