Angela Lansbury starrer makes it into the black
The Broadway revival of “Blithe Spirit” has recouped its investment cost of $2.68 million, according to the producers.Revival of the 1941 Noel Coward comedy, which opened in March, makes it into the black just before it finishes off its run Sunday. Production picked up a Tony in June for Angela Lansbury, who nabbed the trophy for featured actress. Although not a smash along the lines of top-grossing play “God of Carnage,” “Blithe” has generally pulled in strong sales for a nonmusical, thanks in part to a post-opening boost and a subsequent bump following Lansbury’s Tony win. Production, which last week pulled in around $600,000, has so far grossed about $10.9 million. Michael Blakemore helms the revival of the Coward play about a man comically haunted by the vengeful ghost of his first wife. Cast also includes Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole and Jayne Atkinson. Show is produced by a team led by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler, among others.
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