Alec Baldwin-Led ‘Orphans’ to Close Early on Broadway
Orphans, the Broadway play that resulted in a testy email exchange between Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf and LaBeouf’s subsequent departure, will close on May 19 after just 27 previews and 37 regular performances, producers confirmed Monday.
Poor box office numbers are to blame for the show’s early curtain call, according to The New York Times. It was originally scheduled to run through June 30.
Orphans, about two brothers who hold a gangster hostage in Philadelphia, ultimately became more famous for its backstage drama after LaBeouf abruptly left the play just one week into rehearsals, citing creative differences. During the fallout, LaBeouf tweeted an email exchange between himself and Baldwin implying they, uh, didn’t get along.
He was later replaced by actor Ben Foster.
Ironically, the one person who survived the fallout in tact was Tom Sturridge, who was the only castmember from Orphans to receive a Tony nomination last week.
As my dad used to say, always play nice with your coworkers.