Although it has been a hit with audiences (if not critics), the producers of the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie just announced that the musical will be closing on January 24. Technically, that counts as a two-week extension for the limited-run production, but the closing announcement is still a bit of a surprise considering that Bye Bye Birdie had started selling tickets through late April, thus indicating that the show was settling in for a long extended run. The problem may be that star John Stamos is set to exit on January 24 and couldn’t be persuaded to renew his contract – nor could a suitable star be found to replace him. Another surprise early closing is the Broadway revival of David Mamet’s drama Oleanna. A closing date in January was announced only a couple weeks ago, but the producers have now decided to shutter the show even earlier, on December 6.
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