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BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Robyn Goodman, Amanda Lipitz and Scott R. Delman, producers of the new Broadway comedy The Performers by David West Read, announced earlier this week that the production would conclude its Broadway run today, November 18, 2012, following the evening show at the Longacre Theatre (220 W 48 St.). The Performers will have played 23 previews (2 previews were lost to the hurricane) and 7 performances at the time of closing.

THE PERFORMERS was that brand new show on the block that was building strong word-of-mouth during its first week of previews, only to be halted by the insurmountable after effects of Hurricane Sandy: lack of transportation, power outages and gas shortages chief among them.

In the flashback below, BroadwayWorld takes you along The Performers' abbreviated, albeit successful, run on the Great White Way.

THE PERFORMERS features an all-star cast including Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker and Jenni Barber with Alicia Silverstone and with Henry Winkler. The show features set design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, costume design by Jessica Wegener Shay and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.

Directed by Evan Cabnet, The Performers is David West Read's backstage romantic comedy about two friends from high school -- and the women in their lives -- who are reunited at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. Take a look at the cast of characters...

BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye

Before beginning previews, THE PERFORMERS cast and creative team met the press on October 2nd, and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say below!

THE PERFORMERS began preview performances on October 23rd, prior to its official opening night, November 14, at the Longacre Theatre. Watch highlights from the show below!

David West Read's new romantic comedy opened on Broadway last Wednesday, November 14th. Scroll down for production photos, opening night curtain call and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge chatting with the whole cast at the big opening.

BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye
BWW Flashback: Farewell to THE PERFORMERS, We Hardly Knew Ye

Despite its brief run on the Broadway stage, THE PERFORMERS has left some lasting traces.

In his review of the show, Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy wrote, "Most of the jokes from the new Broadway comedy 'The Performers' cannot appear in a family newspaper. The world of adult films doesn't lend itself to cleanliness…The funny thing is that the show has a pure heart and a traditional feel-good message despite the waving of adult toys, simulated sex acts and language that would trigger a seizure in a network censor. Read has somehow found sweetness in porn."

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