The show goes on: Stormy Daniels and Admiral say ‘misunderstanding’ resolved

Management of the Admiral Theatre, a Chicago strip club where former porn star Stormy Daniels was set to perform a five-show run, say her subsequent shows have been canceled after a dispute over payment. (File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It was all a misunderstanding.

America’s — and possibly the world’s — most famous porn star took the stage for two shows Friday night in Chicago after she abruptly left the Admiral Theatre Thursday night after just one of four planned shows.

“The genesis of it is there was a misunderstanding and a misinterpretation,” Daniels’ booking agent, Danny Capozzi, said Friday afternoon. “The good news is both sides have agreed to resolve their discrepancies and agree there really is nobody at fault. It was a comedy of errors.”

“She loves Chicago. What’s not to like in Chicago?” Capozzi said.

In a statement, the Admiral Theatre’s owner, Sam Cecola, said Friday afternoon: “There was a simple misunderstanding about a few line items in the contract, which has now been resolved.”

The Admiral also apologized for any disparaging comments made about Daniels or her team.

On Thursday, after an opening night dispute over revenue-sharing, the strip club’s owner was singing a different tune. Cecola said her run was cancelled at the strip club, threatened to sue her and criticized her for being tardy.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is scheduled to perform another two shows on Saturday at the Admiral as part of her national “Make America Horny Again” tour, a nod to her ongoing legal battle with President Donald Trump..

78-year-old woman: ‘I’m glad we came’

Daniels’ performance on Thursday opened with a compilation of cable news clips featuring her name. The 20-minute, fully nude performance made little mention of Trump. A separate performance during the show featured a Marilyn Monroe lookalike singing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in honor of Trump’s 72nd birthday Thursday and an appearance by a Trump impersonator — both arranged by the Admiral Theatre, Cecola said.

The show drew an unusual crowd for the Albany Park strip club; included in the crowd was a group of 12 senior citizens, who came from their Edgewater retirement home (also called the Admiral) to support Daniels.

“We’re Stormy fans,” said 78-year-old Abbey, who declined to give her last name. “We can’t stand Trump and how he treats women. She’s standing up to him.”

Abbey did not know of Daniels before the Trump saga and had never been to a strip club before, but she was glad she and her friends could come out.

“It’s a classier place than I would have thought,” she said. “I’m glad we came.”

Howard, who declined to give his last name, was there with another senior citizen, his mother, who was also part of the retirement home group. He said he would have never thought he would be at a strip club with his mother. Then again, he would have never thought such a scandal would embroil a president, he said.

“I’m supporting her,” said Howard of his mom. He drove an hour into the city from Johnsburg for the event. “This is her idea with all the people she lives with. They hope she buries the president.”

Daniels has made national headlines after coming forward with an alleged affair she had with Trump prior to his presidential run. She has sued Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, over the legality of the $130,000 she was paid to keep the affair a secret, and she has since filed a defamation suit against the president.

The performance was well received — even if many people there were not regulars.

For one, there was more gray hair and women in the crowd than on a regular night, both dancers and club managers said.

Contributing: Nader Issa

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