Tony-Winning 'The Humans' Gets New Home on Broadway
The surge in post-awards business has prompted lead producer Scott Rudin to move the play to a larger theater once its current venue becomes unavailable.
A play by an emerging American dramatist featuring an ensemble cast without marquee names is always a risky bet on Broadway. But Stephen Karam's The Humans has paid off.
Since picking up four Tony Awards on June 12 — for best play, featured actor Reed Birney, featured actress Jayne Houdyshell and scenic design — the production has seen increased demand at the box office, prompting producers to move it to a new home once its current venue, the Helen Hayes Theatre, becomes unavailable to undergo scheduled renovations.
The play will close at the Hayes on July 24 as planned, before reopening Aug. 9 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The switch takes the production from Broadway's smallest house, with a seating capacity of just 597, to a much larger theater that seats 1,080, significantly expanding the show's gross potential.
"Few success stories I have ever been a part of have been as sweet as the story thus far of Stephen Karam's beautiful play," producer Scott Rudin said Thursday in a statement. "Every aspect of its life has been charmed, in the way that great work sometimes has the ability to create its own narrative. What has made the venture work with such seeming ease has been, in fact, the extraordinary amount of care and commitment given to it by [director] Joe Mantello and its tremendous acting company."
Set during the Thanksgiving gathering of a Pennsylvania family in their daughter's Manhattan apartment, the play is a humorous, compassionate look at the anxieties of the American middle class.
The production originally opened off-Broadway in a Roundabout Theatre Company run last October, garnering rave reviews and landing on the best-of-2015 lists of several publications, including The Hollywood Reporter.
Shepherded by lead producers Rudin and Barry Diller, it transferred to Broadway and began previews Jan. 24 at the Hayes, officially opening Feb. 18. The entire original cast remained intact for the move. In addition to Birney and Houdyshell, the ensemble includes Cassie Beck, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed and Sarah Steele.
In its first full week of performances after its Tony wins, The Humans grossed $563,565, its highest box office to date. After playing to near-capacity houses for the past month, cumulative ticket sales have hit $8.2 million.