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Broadway’s ‘An Act of God’ Turns a Profit with Jim Parsons

An Act of God,” the Broadway comedy that stars Emmy winner Jim Parsons, has swiftly made it into the black — ensuring that much of the revenue from the show’s final three weeks will count as profit.

According to producer Jeffrey Finn, “Act of God” earned back its $2.9 million capitalization costs in the 10 weeks since the limited engagement began performances May 7. The show’s quick success comes as a surprise to no one, since sales had been strong from the beginning, and were bolstered by largely favorable reviews following the May 28 opening.

Since the exit of some of the spring’s megahit plays — such as Helen Mirren starrer “The Audience” — “An Act of God” has regularly been the highest-grossing play on Broadway in recent weeks. Receipts are sure to remain high for the rest of the production’s run, with Parsons’ high TV profile from “The Big Bang Theory” helping to draw the tourist audiences that crowd Broadway theaters during summer weeks.

Parsons plays the Almighty in the comedy by David Javerbaum (“The Daily Show”), based on his book and the Twitter account, @TheTweetOfGod, that inspired it. Joe Mantello (“Wicked”) directs a cast that also includes Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky as angels.

“An Act of God” becomes the first Broadway show of the 2015-16 season to recoup, although in this case, the production had the advantage of being the first — and so far only — title to open this season. “Amazing Grace” opens tomorrow, and buzz magnet “Hamilton” joins the Broadway fray next month.

Finn leads a team of producers on “Act of God” that also includes the Shubert Organization, Carl Moellenberg, Arielle Tepper Madover, Stacey Mindich, Bob Boyett, FG Productions, John Frost, Corinne Hayoun, Jamie Kaye-Phillips, Scott Landis, Larry Magid, Stephanie P. McClelland, David Mirvish and Daryl Roth, with 101 Prods. on board as executive producers.

The imminent closing of “An Act of God,” set for Aug. 2, frees up Studio 54 — owned by the Roundabout Theater Company — for the upcoming fall bow of the Roundabout’s “Therese Raquin,” starring Keira Knightley.

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