Katie Holmes Broadway Gig Was Cut Short — Time For A Dawson Reunion?
3:15 pm, December 28th | by Meredith Lepore
Poor Katie Holmes. Her big Broadway run has ended two months early, according to E!Online. Dead Accounts, which starred Holmes as an Ohio woman whose secret-harboring brother returns to his family’s home after a long absence, will close after 27 preview performances and 44 regular performances at the Music Box Theatre. Its originally scheduled end date was February 24, 2013. It seems her “I am single now/ Hear me roar” moment wasn’t a very big box office draw.
The show received mixed reviews and did not live up to its box office potential. Katie, who was on Broadway a few years ago in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, was in the company of a stellar cast in this production including Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, Josh Hamilton and Judy Greer. Perhaps the show’s producers were counting too much on Katie’s star appeal to bring in sales.
After all, 2012 was Katie’s year. Her divorce from Tom Cruise put her at the center of a media frenzy all summer and brought her a whole new level of fame. The attention certainly helped her fashion line, Holmes & Yang, get a boost in sales.
But Katie’s acting career has fallen a bit off track since her marriage to Cruise. When Katie met Tom she was only 26 and was about to have a huge film career. She had built up a loyal fan base during her six years on the teen drama Dawson’s Creek and had charmed critics with her performances in a number of indie films including The Ice Storm, Go, Wonder Boys, Thank You For Smoking and Pieces of April. She was earning about $175,000 per episode for Creek (which ended in 2003) and about a $1 million per film. In the 2002 film Abandon, her first real lead, the AP said “the film announces Katie Holmes as bankable leading-lady material.” Her first blockbuster, Batman Begins, came out the same summer that her high profile and highly exposed relationship with Cruise began. This also marked the moment when Katie’s career was put on the backburner and her relationship was put first. FromMichelle Lee, Hollywood.com’s senior vice president of content:
“Other stars have been able to structure better deals for themselves, getting a share or profits, for example. She’s an actress who had so much potential at first — fans were really hopeful that she would turn into a great actress. But I think her marriage really hurt her career. It seemed like directors and producers started to get a little scared of hiring her for projects because they didn’t want their project being overshadowed by the spectacle.”
Because there had been so much press around Tom and Katie the summer Batman Begins was released, she had lost the ability to lose herself a film. “When you saw her on the big-screen, she wasn’t Rachel Dawes,” Lee said, referring to Holmes’ character in the Batman film. “She was Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise’s wife—and because of their personal beliefs, how they acted in public, etc., that turned some audiences off. And it ultimately hurt her bottom line.”
But I wouldn’t necessarily worry about Katie having any major career struggles. She just may not get cast in another play anytime soon, but she is currently writing a screenplay for a film she will star in, is starting production on a romantic comedy co-starring Chace Crawford, and is the new spokesperson for Bobbi Brown cosmetics (plus there’s that fashion line).
”I’m just really thrilled,” she said of her Broadway role. “You’re in your dressing room and they say, ‘It’s Saturday night on Broadway!’ It’s just so exciting.”