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‘Spirit’ blithely recoups investment

Angela Lansbury starrer makes it into the black

The Broadway revival of “Blithe Spirit” has recouped its investment cost of $2.68 million, according to the producers.

Revival of the 1941 Noel Coward comedy, which opened in March, makes it into the black just before it finishes off its run Sunday. Production picked up a Tony in June for Angela Lansbury, who nabbed the trophy for featured actress.

Although not a smash along the lines of top-grossing play “God of Carnage,” “Blithe” has generally pulled in strong sales for a nonmusical, thanks in part to a post-opening boost and a subsequent bump following Lansbury’s Tony win.

Production, which last week pulled in around $600,000, has so far grossed about $10.9 million.

Michael Blakemore helms the revival of the Coward play about a man comically haunted by the vengeful ghost of his first wife. Cast also includes Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole and Jayne Atkinson.

Show is produced by a team led by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler, among others.

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