Trinity Rep's play THE PRINCE OF PROVIDENCE about the rise and fall of Buddy Cianci based on the Mike Stanton book of the same name is performing to sold out crowds. Demand for tickets was initially so great the theatre added 8 additional performances to its planned run. The play has already become the second biggest money maker for Trinity outside of its annual breadwinner A CHRISTMAS CAROL. No surprise here. The recent nationwide success of the podcast CRIMETOWN which also chronicled Buddy's roller coaster life story laid the groundwork for the public's continued fascination with Cianci and it seems our appetite for all things BUDDY is as insatiable as our desire for pumpkin spice in the Fall. I'm thinking Trinity's has found a second jewel for its box office coffers and a return run is inevitable. The Pro-Jo's Executive Editor, Alan Rosenberg, wrote a column this week entitled BUDDY WAS ALWAYS ON STAGE which he closed by saying "THE PRINCE OF PROVIDENCE shows Buddy to cheering sold out crowds. God, he would have loved it." I'm, not so sure of that as Buddy despised Stanton's book and even refused to autograph it when asked. i THINK HE'D FIND THOSE CHEERS BITTERSWEET.

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