Stars of hit Broadway play to stay until Nov. 15
All four members of the starry cast of hit Broadway play “God of Carnage” have extended their contracts to appear in the show through Nov. 15 — after a six-week hiatus during which the production will go temporarily dark.Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, all Tony-nommed for their perfs in best play contender “God,” will appear in the show through July 27, at which point they will depart to fulfill previously skedded family commitments. Perfs pick up again Sept. 8. Cast was originally signed through July 19. “God” producers Stuart Thompson and Robert Fox said they had worked out a plan to continue to compensate both the performers and the Shubert Org, owner of the Jacobs Theater, during the time off. Box office at the Jacobs will continue to operate. Thesps’ considerable star power reps a major selling point of the well-reviewed play. Thompson and Fox said they initially explored the idea of having the cast of the London production, which ran last year and included Ralph Fiennes, step in to the Gotham incarnation, but the sked didn’t work out. The current Nov. 15 end date does not necessarily mean the Broadway production will close. Recasting remains an option, as does the further extension of the contracts of some or all the current performers. Yasmina Reza’s “God” has snowballed into a smash since it opened to rave reviews in March. Last week the production’s weekly gross surpassed $900,000, a rare feat for a nonmusical. The show, which has recouped its capitalization costs, has posted cumulative receipts of more than $9 million so far. Production is up for six Tonys, with noms for play, director and one each for the actors.