The Broadway transfer of hit London play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” has recouped its $4.75 million capitalization cost, according to producers, allowing future revenue from the show to be paid back to investors as profit (minus the weekly costs of keeping the show running).
The National Theater production, produced on Broadway by a team that includes Stuart Thompson, NT America’s Tim Levy and Warner Bros. Theater Ventures, stands out from an unusually crowded pack of strong-selling plays this season in that the show, unlike the other mega-sellers on the boards, doesn’t have a Hollywood name on the marquee.
Whereas the other plays to have recouped this season — Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick comedy “It’s Only a Play,” Bradley Cooper outing “The Elephant Man,” Hugh Jackman topliner “The River” — all had megawatt stars in the cast to attract attention, “Curious Incident” has logged robust business fueled by the imprimatur of its London success and the rave reviews the production earned from New York critics.
Directed by “War Horse” co-helmer Marianne Elliott and adapted by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s 1993 novel, “Curious Incident” began previews Sept. 20 and opened at the Barrymore Theater Oct. 5. The production officially recouped after the week ending Jan. 25, according to producers.