Cheyenne Jackson's New Broadway Play 'The Performers' Closing Early

By: Brandon Voss

Aww, Mandrew! The producers of David West Read's Broadway comedy The Performers announced the very day after it opened that the play would make its final bow Nov. 18 at the Longacre Theatre. 

The tepidly reviewed show officially opened Nov. 14 following previews that began Oct. 23. When it closes, the production will have played 23 previews — two previews were canceled due to Hurricane Sandy — and seven regular performances.

This news comes as a particular disappointment for fans of out actor Cheyenne Jackson, who wears very little to play a straight porn star named Mandrew. Set against the backdrop of an adult film awards show in Las Vegas, the comedy also stars Henry Winkler, Ari Graynor, and Alicia Silverstone.

"The Performers offers proof positive that it's possible to talk real dirty and still be the squarest show in town," wrote critic Ben Brantley of the New York Times. Of the hunky character Mandrew, he continued, "the good news is that he is played by Cheyenne Jackson, a master of finding goofy charm in salacious innocence."

If you can't make it to New York's Longacre to see Cheyenne before Sunday evening, check out some video highlights of The Performers below.