RED Recoups on Broadway
The Donmar Warehouse production of RED has recouped its $2.25 million production costs as of the week ending June 20, 2010, officially entering the hit column. The production, the biggest Tony Award-winner of the 2009-2010 season, ends its strictly limited engagement on Sunday, June 27 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street), playing 101 performances and 22 previews.
"I speak for all of my partners when I say that RED has been an incredible experience," commented producer Arielle Tepper Madover. "We're thrilled to be in continued partnership with the Donmar Warehouse and so thankful to have brought John Logan's wonderful play to Broadway, in Michael Grandage's superb production featuring Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne's unforgettable performances."
"We've had wonderful experiences working on Broadway with the Donmar Warehouse productions of Frost/Nixon, Mary Stuart and Hamlet," said Michael Grandage, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse. "But John Logan's RED has been special and we're so thankful to see it succeed on Broadway and to have been welcomed so warmly. The Donmar looks forward to our future collaborations with Arielle Tepper Madover on Broadway."
RED also broke the house record for a play at the Golden Theatre last week, earning $666,655 for the week ending June 20, 2010.
RED won six 2010 Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director (Michael Grandage), Best Featured Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Set (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Adam Cork). The production is also the winner of three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play and Best Director, and the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play.
RED, a new American play by John Logan about the master of twentieth century abstract impressionism, Mark Rothko, opened on Broadway on Thursday, April 1 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). Previews began on Thursday, March 11.
RED stars Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne, who created their roles in the world premiere production at the Donmar. The production is directed by Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage. RED marks playwright Logan's Broadway debut.
RED is set in 1958 as New York artist Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina) has received the art world's largest commission to create a series of murals for The Four Seasons restaurant in the new Seagram building on Park Avenue. Under the watchful gaze of his young assistant, Ken (Eddie Redmayne) and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Rothko faces his greatest challenge yet: to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. RED is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.