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Broadway Bomb Folds; Theater to Become Church

February 20, 1989

NEW YORK (AP) _ The final performance of the $5.3 million Broadway bomb ″Legs Diamond″ was held Sunday, less than two months after the musical about a big-time New York mobster opened.

The show drew two standing ovations, one at the end and one at the start of the second act when ″Legs″ creator-star Peter Allen rose from a coffin and declared, ″Not even critics can kill me.″

The production was held at the historic Mark Hellinger Theater, which will be used as a church for the next five years, according to the Nederlander theater organization. It rented the theater to the Times Square Church for five years at $1 million a year.

There were 64 regular performances and 72 previews of ″Legs Diamond,″ which opened at the end of December to dismal reviews.

″It’s an awful letdown. It’s like your family is dissolving,″ said actress Julie Wilson.

The play was based on a story by Harvey Fierstein and Charles Suppon, and music and lyrics by Allen. Robert Allan Ackerman was the director.

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