The Audience Recoups on Broadway
Men have come and gone from the role of Prime Minister, countries have fallen and the world has changed. But, one woman has sat at the throne of England through all of this. A brand new play that shattered records in London’s West End comes to Broadway this season with a well-known name attached to it. Helen Mirren, who stars in The Audience, easily won over audiences and critics but now has a new accomplishment she has won over; the box office. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Audience on Broadway has recouped!
Producers of The Audience have proudly announced the production has recouped on Broadway in just eight weeks. The show began previews on Broadway February 14th and officially opened on March 8th, 2015 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The production received rave reviews from critics and has packed in houses week after week never bringing in less than $1 million in grosses. The production costs totaled $3.4 million dollars. The Audience transferred to Broadway this season following a record-breaking run at London’s Gielgud Theatre in 2013. That year, Mirren won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Audience.
Rounding out the rest of the cast joining Helen Mirren on stage is Dylan Baker as John Major, Geoffrey Beevers as The Queen’s Equerry, Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Judith Ivey as Margaret Thatcher, Dakin Matthews as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Rod McLachlan as Gordon Brown, Rufus Wright as David Cameron/Tony Blair), Anthony Cochrane as Cecil Beaton/Bishop/Detective, Graydon Long as Footman, Jason Loughlin as Footman, Michael Rudko as Private Secretary/Archbishop, Henny Russell as Queen’s Secretary/Mistress of the Robes, Tracy Sallows as Bobo McDonald, Sadie Sink as Young Elizabeth, Elizabeth Teeter as Young Elizabeth and Tony Ward as Bishop/Camera Loader/Policeman/Detective.
The Audience on Broadway is helmed by Stephen Daldry. The rest of the production team includes six-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley as production designer, two-time Tony Award winner Rick Fisher as lighting designer and Tony Award winner Paul Arditti as sound designer. The production also includes original music by Paul Englishby.
Plays almost never recoup on Broadway. That isn’t an opinion, that is a fact. Even some of the most stellar mega-musicals to hit the Broadway stage never seen a dollar returned. However, we always find it a cause to celebrate when a production recoups on Broadway! The Audience recouping is no surprise to me. This production has plenty of things going for it. First of all, it comes to Broadway from a well received record-breaking run in London’s West End. British imports, for the most part, always do well on Broadway. Second, the production is headlined by Helen Mirren who we do not find on the stage, yet alone the Broadway stage, very often. This is the chance of a lifetime to see her in performance. And finally, the production is running on a strictly limited engagement. While I’m sure there is a possibility for this production to extend, it will most definitely not end up as an open-ended run which pushes audiences in to see the show before it’s too late. Just a few of many reasons this stellar production is now celebrating success on Broadway! Congratulations to The Audience on your truly exciting news!
The Audience on Broadway is running for a strictly limited engagement! Don’t miss your chance to see Helen Mirren on stage as Queen Elizabeth II through June 28th only! This award-winning production comes to Broadway direct from London’s West End! For more information, visit The Audience on Broadway’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!