A Chorus Line, the longest-running show in Broadway history, will close in New York March 31 because of dwindling ticket sales, producer Joseph Papp said Wednesday. The show will have been performed 6,104 times when it closes. It opened in 1975.
Papp said weekly operating costs at the Shubert Theater are $160,000 and the show's average weekly income this year has been $122,825.
A Chorus Line tells the stories of a group of dancers competing for jobs. Director-choreographer Michael Bennett's musical won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 and nine Tony awards. Its profits helped finance Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival.
Papp said the show might be extended about two weeks if the closing announcement generates ticket sales.
Ivana's "cold-war' union revealed
The latest turn in the Trump divorce case: Ivana Trump's lawyer says she was married once before.
The lawyer, Michael Kennedy, said her marriage to Alfred Winklmayr, an Austrian "skiing friend," had "never been hidden" but had not "until now been publicly discussed."
"It's not a fact that anyone is trying to conceal," Kennedy said, although he said the Trump's children _ ages 12, 8 and 6 _ did not know about the marriage before the reports in British tabloids.
"These are young children we're talking about," he said.
Kennedy said Mrs. Trump, at the age of 22, married Winklmayr, who was 25, solely to get an Austrian passport.
The 1971 marriage, Kennedy said, was never consummated and was dissolved in August 1973.
Kennedy invited a small group of reporters to his New York office hours before a London tabloid, The Sun, hit the streets with an article about Mrs. Trump's first marriage.
Kennedy said he was trying to head off "inaccuracies" in the article.
Winklmayr and Mrs. Trump married in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in November 1971, according to Kennedy. He said it was a "cold-war marriage," one that allowed the then-Mrs. Winklmayr to travel under an Austrian passport in and out of communist Czechoslovakia.
Humiliation and adoration
Actor Kevin Costner, upholding a Hasty Pudding tradition to accept almost any humiliation along with its man of the year award, donned lingerie Tuesday to receive the Harvard acting troupe's honor.
Costner, the leading man of such films as No Way Out and The Untouchables, was coaxed into wearing over his tuxedo a garter and a brassiere strategically stitched with baseballs. In the film Bull Durham, Costner played a catcher who advised a young pitcher to wear a garter belt to improve his control. "My father was terribly concerned that this kind of thing would happen as a result of acting," Costner said as he accepted the Pudding Pot award in Cambridge, Mass.
He was kissed repeatedly by two men of the theater group, who were upholding another Hasty Pudding tradition by bustily dressing up in drag.
Meanwhile, Costner drew repeated sighs from women in the audience.
Nadia to wed "best friend'
TOKYO _ Nadia Comaneci, gymnast sweetheart of the 1976 Montreal Olympics, says she plans to wed the "best friend" she left behind in Romania, 30-year-old Mihai Vasilescu.
Comaneci, in Tokyo to appear on TV, denied reports she was romantically involved with her married American manager, Constantine Panait.
"He is tall and he is quite handsome," she said of Vasilescu, a computer programer who she said will join her in Los Angeles in two or three months.