Patrick Stewart’s Prospero, which made the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Central Park production of “The Tempest” the hottest draw of the summer season, will transfer to Broadway, festival producer George C. Wolfe announced Aug. 14. But what was free in the park will come with a pricetag of as much as $65 when it opens Oct. 10 at the Broadhurst for what is being billed as a 12-week engagement.
The Shakespeare Festival will be billed as the sole producer and is raising half the $2 million cost of the transfer, sources close to the deal said. Of the rest, $800,000 is coming from the Shubert Organization – owner of the 1,131-seat Broadhurst – and $200,000 from Jujamcyn Theaters, which has figured prominently in Wolfe’s Broadway work.
“Basically, it’s ‘solidarity with George Wolfe time,’” said Jujamcyn president Rocco Landesman, commenting about the joint venture with Shubert.
Tickets for the production, which won mostly enthusiastic notices and had crowds lining up outside the Delacorte Theater in the predawn hours during its early summer run, go on sale Sept. 11. They will be scaled from a $65 top to a $20 day-of-performance bottom.
Cast travels well
Along with Stewart, most of the Delacorte cast will make the move to Broadway. Wolfe staged the production, which will mark his fifth Broadway outing, following “Jelly’s Last Jam,” the two parts of “Angels in America,” and Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.”
If the run is a success, it will preclude Stewart reprising his popular “A Christmas Carol” solo on Broadway.