EXCLUSIVE: Eugene O’Neill may be coming back to Broadway, courtesy of producer Scott Rudin.
But first: Bitter cold weather isn’t thwarting theatergoers’ determination to get in on previews of Fish In The Dark and The Audience. Larry David’s new play about a death in the family went clean in eight previews, grossing $1.18M at the Shubert-owned Cort Theatre, an impressive 117% of its gross potential. Fish producer Scott Rudin’s got his hands full, as usual; I hear he may move the Nathan Lane/Brian Dennehy-led revival of The Iceman Cometh, currently sold out at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, to Broadway; he underwrote the BAM transfer from Chicago of Robert Fall’s acclaimed Goodman Theatre production. Says Rudin, via email: “Nothing near decided yet.” The last star to play the pipe-dream killing salesman Hickey on Broadway was Kevin Spacey in 1999.
In its first full seven-performance week, Peter Morgan’s play about Queen Elizabeth’s regular meetings with “her” Prime Ministers, starring theater royalty Helen Mirren, brought in just over $1 million at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld Theatre, slightly above its gross potential and also SRO, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League.
Week 39 of the 2014-2015 season saw the final performances of three more Shubert tenants: Rudin’s revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, which brought Glenn Close and John Lithgow back to Broadway, at the Golden; American Sniper star Bradley Cooper’s revival of The Elephant Man at the Booth went out in a blaze of glory, grossing $1 million—125% of potential— with a Street-leading average ticket price of $184.30, even beating The Book Of Mormon‘s $177.11 average; and the James Earl Jones-led revival of You Can’t Take It With You, at the Longacre.
Total Broadway gross receipts for 28 shows was $23.2 million, up 3% from the week before ($22.5 million).