'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' Recoups on Broadway

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

The London import stars Alex Sharp in his Broadway debut as a 15-year-old math genius with an unspecified behavioral disorder that appears to be Asperger’s syndrome.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is officially in the green on Broadway.

The play's producers announced Monday that the production has recouped its $4.75 million capitalization, following the week ending Jan. 25.

Written by Simon Stephens and adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling 2003 novel, the Marianne Elliott-directed play began preview performances at the Barrymore Theatre on Sept. 20, 2014, and opened to positive reviews Oct. 5. It arrived on Broadway following its successful jump to London’s West End from a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards (the British equivalent of the Tonys), including best new play.

The production stars Alex Sharp in his Broadway debut as Christopher, a 15-year-old math genius with an unspecified behavioral disorder that appears to be Asperger’s syndrome. Suspected of killing a neighbor’s dog, he undertakes his own methodical investigation, which leads him on an unexpected and frightening journey. Ian Barford, Helen Carey, Francesca Faridany and Enid Graham also are in the cast.

While new musical productions, including the now-closed Side Show and The Last Ship, have underperformed at the box office since their fall openings, the London import is one of a handful of plays doing strong business. That crop includes The River with Hugh Jackman, The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper, A Delicate Balance with Glenn Close and John Lithgow, and the star-studded theater-biz farce, It's Only a Play.

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