Broadway show in the black
The Broadway revival of “West Side Story” has recouped its capitalization costs of $14 million, according to producers.
The show, which began Broadway perfs Feb. 23, makes it into the black after about 30 weeks of performances. Production has been posting weekly sales of more than $1 million since its first frame on the boards.
Book writer Arthur Laurents helms the revival of the 1957 musical, which has music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It stars Josefina Scaglione and Matt Cavenaugh as the central star-crossed lovers. Karen Olivo, who picked up a 2009 supporting actress Tony, plays Anita.
This latest incarnation was conceived to include Spanish-language segments in the book and the songs, with translation contributions from “In the Heights” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Although the show opened with a few significant chunks of the show spoken and sung in Spanish, much of that material was later changed back to English.
The production also has endured industry gossip about frequent absences among the cast, although the talk hasn’t seemed to have made a dent in box office.
The revival tried out in D.C. in late 2008 before it moved to Gotham.
Kevin McCollum, James L. Nederlander and Jeffrey Seller produce with Terry Allen Kramer, Sander Jacobs, Roy Furman/Jill Furman Willis, Freddy DeMann, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Hal Luftig, Roy Miller, the Weinstein Co. and Broadway Across America.