‘Mountaintop’ turns profit

Broadway play recoups costs

Broadway play “The Mountaintop” has made the jump into the hit column, with the production recouping its $3.1 million capitalization, according to producers.

The Samuel L. Jackson-Angela Bassett topliner has posted solid sales since its run began in September, with B.O. proving particularly robust in the weeks immediately following the show’s Oct. 13 opening.

Encouraged by the numbers, producers had discussed the possibility of recasting the production when Jackson’s and Bassett’s contracts were up, but the plan was eventually dropped. As it is, recoupment was announced just under the wire, with the production ending its limited run Jan. 22.

Jackson stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in Katori Hall’s play, which imagines a meeting between King and a mysterious woman on the night before the civil rights leader was assassinated in 1968.

Even though it has an American writer and theme, “Mountaintop” initially got noticed in London, where a small production snowballed into a West End run that netted an Olivier for new play in 2010. Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman Prods. lead the team of producers.

“Mountaintop” will be followed into the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater by tuner “Once,” the Off Broadway hit that begins its Rialto transfer Feb. 28.

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