Play starring Jessica Chastain closes Feb. 9
The Broadway revival of “The Heiress,” toplined by Jessica Chastain, is on track to recoup its $3 million capitalization cost by the time it closes Feb. 9, according to the show’s producers.
Co-starring Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), David Strathairn and Judith Ivey, the show has done solid if unspectacular biz since it began previews Oct. 6. A slight tapering in recent sales — “Heiress,” like most plays, didn’t get the holiday boost in B.O. that tends to elevate musicals — seems to have been counteracted by Chastain’s recent flurry of bigscreen activity. The same week the thesp dominated at multiplexes with “Zero Dark Thirty” and the opening weekend of “Mama” (the week ending Jan. 22), receipts surged by $150,000 into the $600,000 range.
Production was spearheaded by Paula Wagner, in one of the film producer’s first Rialto outings (along with this season’s “Grace,” the Paul Rudd starrer for which she was also among the lead producers). She produced the project with Roy Furman and Stephanie P. McClelland, among others.
The play shutters Feb. 9, a day earlier than initially skedded in order to allow Chastain to make it to the BAFTA Awards, for which she’s a best actress nominee for “Zero Dark Thirty.”