The Broadway production of Brit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” has recouped its production costs, according to producers, just ahead of the show’s closing early next month.
The well-reviewed London import, which netted a Tony for lead performer James Corden, has proven a solid seller on the Main Stem since it began previews April 6. While it never approached the big-money earnings of plays such as “God of Carnage,” the show nonetheless regularly pulled in more than $600,000 per week, which reps a tidy sum for a non-musical with an unfamiliar title and a topliner who’s little-known Stateside.
However, Richard Bean’s comedy, based on 18th century farce “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni, never quite snowballed into the runaway hit it became in London, where the show’s bow at the National Theater spawned a UK tour that landed in November 2011 on the West End, where the production is still running. The original National staging also has been seen in a cinema broadcast as part of the National Theater Live program.
Bob Boyett, the American commercial producer who has a longstanding relationship with the National, produces “One Man,” helmed by National a.d. Nicholas Hytner. Show ends its Broadwy run Sept. 2 at the Music Box Theater, which later this fall will house the world preem of Theresa Rebeck’s Katie Holmes-topliner “Dead Accounts.”