Playbill fact-checks Trump's Michael Moore tweet

Playbill fact-checks Trump's Michael Moore tweet
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The Broadway website Playbill fact-checked a tweet by President Trump Saturday that criticized documentary filmmaker Michael Moore's anti-Trump one-man show for being "forced to close."

"While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!" Trump tweeted.

Playbill responded in a post online:

"Moore’s show began performances July 28 at the Belasco Theatre, where it opened officially August 10. It was reported in May—when the show was announced—that it would play a 12-week limited engagement.

While the show was not a box-office front-runner (grossing less than half of its potential most weeks and drawing in a capacity hovering in the mid 70 percentile), it did play its fully scheduled run."

BroadwayWorld, a website that tracks Broadway ticket sales, pegged the show's final gross at about $4.2 million. 

In its first full week, "The Terms of My Surrender" grossed $456,195. But the show's earnings gradually sank in the weeks that followed, before seeing a surge in its final weeks. 


Moore has been an outspoken critic of Trump throughout his campaign and presidency, and in August led his Broadway audience through Manhattan to protest the president at Trump Tower over his remarks following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Playbill also mentioned in its post that last November Trump also tweeted about the Broadway hit "Hamilton," calling it "highly overrated.”