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Katie Holmes’ star power keeps ‘Dead Accounts’ alive, despite flurry of closings

New York Daily News
By Confidenti@l

There was a Broadway bloodbath this week — proving marquee names failed to draw the big crowds producers anticipated.

Closing notices for “Chaplin,” Kathie Lee Gifford’s “Scandalous” and “The Anarchist” have theater insiders buzzing about the longevity of the poorly reviewed “Dead Accounts,” starring Katie Holmes.

A Broadway source tells Confidenti@l that the play made it to the Great White Way simply because Holmes agreed to star. Now its future rests entirely on her shoulders.

“Katie is a curiosity. She is not a Broadway actress,” the source says. “But I don’t believe that anyone will pull the rug out on her. I don’t believe Katie’s team would stand for it/

Gifford on the other hand, did not command even a fraction of that respect. “Scandalous,” her musical about the life of early 20th-century Christian evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, was yanked after just three weeks, due to low ticket sales and scathing reviews.

Still, a “heartbroken” Gifford tried to save the show last week, going hat-in-hand back to her multimillionaire investors, Dick and Betsy DeVos, asking for more money in a last-ditch effort to rescue her beloved project, a source tells us. The “Today” host, who had not invested even a dime of her own money, had worked hard on the project for a dozen years.

“The DeVoses had given her more money than originally planned, but at some point it became clear it was a hopeless cause,” a source tells Confidenti@l’s Marianne Garvey. “She asked for another $500,000, but it didn’t go her way.”

The writing was on the wall Dec. 2, when the show had only grossed $370,243 for the week, which on Broadway, spells doom.

There were also whispers around Broadway that gays who work in the biz — including many involved with Gifford’s show — weren’t exactly sad to see the show tank. That’s because her backers included a controversial house of worship, the Foursquare Church of Santa Monica, Calif. The church is anti-gay marriage and anti-abortion and is the church that McPherson — Gifford’s character — founded in 1923.

“To say the gays were in an uproar is putting it tame,” our source said. “She made a deal with the Devil and lost the church $10 million.”

“Scandalous” closes Sunday.

Foursquare Church did not return a call seeking comment by deadline.