The Anarchist, Scandalous Close on Broadway

Kathie Lee Gifford (Drew Friedman)

Kathie Lee Gifford (Drew Friedman)

Two shows are departing the Great White Way before the competitive holiday season even begins. Onetime Observer cover girl Kathie Lee Gifford is saying goodbye to her charismatic-Christian-themed passion project Scandalous, which will have played 31 previews and 29 regular performances when it says goodbye on Sunday. It departs this weekend, allowing Ms. Gifford to return her full energies to broadcasting the famously wine-drenched fourth hour of Today each morning. 

Meanwhile, David Mamet’s play The Anarchist will close December 16, after having played 23 previews and 17 performances. Audiences apparently prefer Mr. Mamet’s classic work (though his Glengarry Glen Ross, currently playing on Broadway, has pushed back its opening, causing ire among critics) and actress Patti LuPone’s musical chops.

While The Anarchist is unlikely to merit much mention at this summer’s Tonys, Carolee Carmello attracted very positive notices for her role as Aimee Semple McPherson in Scandalous–far more so than any praise for the show–and could be in the hunt for a Best Actress nomination.