'An Act of God' With Jim Parsons Recoups on Broadway
The first production of the 2015-16 season has recovered its $2.9 million capitalization in just 10 weeks at Studio 54.
Whether it's a blessing from on high or just a good omen for the nascent Broadway season, the first opening on the 2015-16 calendar, An Act of God, has recouped its capitalization, just 10 weeks into its limited-engagement run.
The comedy by 13-time Emmy winner David Javerbaum, a former head writer and executive producer on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, stars Jim Parsons as the Almighty. Flanked by two archangels, played by Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky, he shares his insights on creation, mankind and an updated version of the Ten Commandments.
Lead producer Jeffrey Finn confirmed on Wednesday that the show, which is now in its final three weeks, has earned back its initial investment of $2.9 million.
Directed by Joe Mantello, the production began previews at Studio 54 on May 7 and officially opened on May 28 to favorable reviews. Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Scheck called it "both outrageously irreverent and deeply thoughtful in its exploration of religious issues." The run is scheduled to end on Aug. 2, in time for Parsons to return to Los Angeles and begin production on the ninth season of The Big Bang Theory.
Having a cast of just three, with only one star salary and a single set, clearly helped the show turn a fast profit by Broadway standards.
Grosses have been strong throughout the play's engagement, exceeding $900,000 in each of the last three weeks as more tourists have flocked to New York, earning a cumulative total through Sunday of $8 million.