Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway
The business of Broadway is a broke one! With only 25% of all Broadway productions recouping their entire initial investment, the business of Broadway isn’t exactly the calling for one unless they enjoy spending lost money. However, many shows do recoup and most of them are large scale musicals which go on to run for multiple years at a time. Once in a blue moon, a play manages to recoup it’s initial investment beating the odds which are much lower for it in New York on Broadway fueled by tourists seeking large scale musicals. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike recouping on Broadway.
Lead Producers Joey Parnes and Larry Hirschhorn announced on July 1st that Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike has recouped its entire initial investment of $2.75 million dollars. The show began previews on March 5th and officially opened at The Golden Theatre on March 14th. The show was originally scheduled to play until June 30th but has extended twice since then. The show will now close August 25th. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The show also recevied the Best Play Award for every other major theatrical awards organization in New York. These include the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Drama Desk, the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike stars Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant and Liesel Allen-Yeager. Tony Award winner Julie White will assume the role of Masha, taking over for Weaver, beginning July 30. The production is directed by Nicholas Martin.
I can’t begin to speak highly enough about a play that manages to recoup on Broadway. Plays are the underdogs on Broadway no questions asked. Tourists are automatically driven into a musical state of mind and many locals consistently find themselves in the mood for something featuring song and dance. It’s nearly impossible for plays to recoup on Broadway. Plays, despite how great they can be, are harder to sell. That is unless you are talking about well known named plays or plays with well known names. The new drama I’ll Eat You Last managed to recoup on Broadway despite no Tony nominations solely because it featured Bette Midler in a one woman performance. However, that isn’t always with the answer. Macbeth starring Alan Cumming in another one man performance hasn’t been the hottest ticket on Broadway all season long like it was hoping to be. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike offers audiences something contemporary that isn’t too in their face. It’s funny but also has some great lessons we can all take away from it. Sometimes, when we aren’t in the mood for song and dance, laughter is usually the best cure. Congratulations to all involved with such a successful piece!
You only have until August 25th to make your way to The Golden Theatre on Broadway to experience the most talked about play of the 2012-2013 theatre season! Featuring a hilarious yet surreal script by Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is not to be missed in it’s final two months on Broadway! For more information, visit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!