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Paul Gross, Kim Cattrall get the early hook on Broadway

Private Lives – starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross – may have set box-office records in Toronto, but it will close in New York a month ahead of schedule, producers announced Tuesday evening.

"Despite fantastic reviews, ticket sales have been slower than we had hoped for and it would be irresponsible to continue running into the notoriously difficult  January period," producer Paul Elliott said in a statement.

Director Richard Eyre's production of Noel Coward's classic comedy was the highest-grossing non-musical play in the history of Toronto's Royal Alexandra theatre, during its six-and-a-half week run there.

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But Cattrall, of Sex and the City fame, and Gross proved less of a draw on Broadway as reckless lovers Amanda and Elyot. The production will now close on December 31 after 12 previews and 53 regular performances; it had been announced to run through February 5.

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