×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

Popular on Variety

More Legit

  • Stephen Moore

    Stephen Moore, 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' Android, 'Doctor Who' Actor, Dies at 81

    Stephen Moore, best known for his roles as the paranoid android Marvin in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” radio series and the Silurian Eldane in “Doctor Who,” has died. He was 81. “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” producer Dirk Maggs confirmed Moore’s death Saturday on Twitter, writing, “Our dear friend Stephen Moore has [...]

  • Ben Platt Variety Power of New

    Ben Platt on Coming Out and the Queerness of 'The Politician'

    Ben Platt never imagined he would one day star in a series like “The Politician.” “I didn’t think I could be a star of a show in general starting out. I think I was like, ‘I’ll do Broadway. I can be on stage and I can play Jimmy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Nathan Detroit [...]

  • Michael Jackson in concert in Milton

    Michael Jackson Musical to Open on Broadway in Summer 2020

    “MJ,” a musical based on the life and career of Michael Jackson, will open on Broadway in summer 2020. Preview performances will start July 6 before its official debut on Aug. 13. The stage show, which will include songs like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Smooth Criminal,” was originally [...]

  • The Wrong Man review

    Off Broadway Review: 'The Wrong Man'

    Credit songwriter Ross Golan for the seamless quality of “The Wrong Man,” his mesmerizing musical about a good man who deserves a good life but seems to attract nothing but bad luck. The show’s inventive book, music, and lyrics were all penned by this multi-hyphenate talent who was named 2016 BMI Pop Songwriter of the [...]

  • Kristin Chenoweth Broadway

    Listen: Kristin Chenoweth Wants to Write a Broadway Musical

    Kristin Chenoweth doesn’t just want to star in Broadway musicals. She’s thinking about writing one, too. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I think about it a lot,” Chenoweth said on the latest episode of “Stagecraft,” Variety‘s theater podcast. “I want someone to collaborate with me on a story I have, and it would be [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content