'Applause' closing prematurely

November 14, 1996|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC

The revival of "Applause," which concluded a two-week run at the Mechanic Theatre on Sunday, will close Nov. 24 in Columbus, Ohio.

Several cities had dropped out of the proposed six-month pre-Broadway tour, which the producers are now trying to restructure, explained Anita Dloniak, a spokeswoman for the production, which stars Stefanie Powers.

"They're closing down to see if it's economically viable" and may "open sometime after the holidays," she said.

Brian Liddicoat, general manager of the Mechanic, said the news took him by surprise. "I always felt like we were at the beginning of a long tour, and it would move to Broadway and that the tour was pretty much set," he said.

He added, "I watched any number of audiences give it a standing ovation. We had good word of mouth on the show."

Liddicoat also said, however, that the theater offered a two-for-one ticket promotion during the second week of the production here. In addition, Powers sprained her ankle on stage the first Saturday night at the Mechanic. The star completed that performance and the rest of the Baltimore run, though some choreography and movements were reworked to accommodate her injury.

"Applause," which originally opened in New Jersey Sept. 11, is currently playing a one-week engagement in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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