The Broadway revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac” recouped its $3.5 million capitalization cost in its eighth week on the boards, according to the show’s producers.
News doesn’t seem like much of a surprise, given that the production, which starred Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, spent the final five weeks of its just-ended run grossing more than $900,000 per week — musical-sized numbers only achieved by rare straight-play mega-hits such as “The Odd Couple” and “Three Days of Rain.”
But the limited engagement of “Cyrano,” which began Oct. 12 and was originally set for 10 weeks, was shortened by the 19-day stagehands’ strike in November, thereby jeopardizing its chances of success.
“Cyrano” earned mainly favorable reviews after its Nov. 1 opening, but due to the timing of the strike, B.O. didn’t really skyrocket until after the work stoppage ended Nov. 28. (In its strongest week, “Cyrano” grossed $945,061; last week the show logged $905,526 in sales.)
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In an effort to accommodate high demand and regain revenue from lost strike perfs, producers in December extended the show by two weeks for a new closing date of Jan. 6.
Helmed by David Leveaux (“Nine”), the production was taped for broadcast on PBS at a date still to be determined.