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What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-26 18:59:45


With so many flops, granted many of them are due to poor subject material, it seems like new straight plays never recoup. I'm sure I must be missing something but I can't think of the last commercial production of a new straight play that recouped. It seems the only straight plays that ever recoup are revivals of well-known classics with star-studded casts like Glengarry Glen Ross or last season's Death of a Salesman.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by vegas2 2012-12-26 19:02:09


Didn't Tribes and Venus in Fur recoup? Also, One Man Two Guvnors?

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-26 19:07:10


I knew I was missing something obvious ha yes I forgot One Man, Two Guvnors recouped. I don't think Venus in Fur did but I could be mistaken. And I should have clarified that I was discussing only plays on Broadway. Off-Broadway many plays have found success.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-26 19:07:11


Other Desert Cities did, as well.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-26 19:10:54


Didn't know that, thanks. I guess the current failings of pretty horrific material this season made me forget..

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by supersam1026 2012-12-26 19:14:29


Has Peter and the Starcatcher recouped? Or will we not know because it's Disney (yes, I know there was the announcement of Newsies recently)?

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by vegas2 2012-12-26 19:32:34


There has definitely been some sorry material this year.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by Phantom of London 2012-12-26 19:37:14


Death of a Salesman and Glengarry Glen Ross both recouped.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-26 19:40:56


Death of a Salesman and Glengarry Glen Ross both recouped.

Hm, if only that could have been discerned by reading literally ANYTHING from the original post where those exact examples are cited.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by CapnHook 2012-12-26 22:49:20


I'd imagine WAR HORSE recouped.

I wonder if AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY did? It certainly had enough success to warrant a move to a new theatre.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by little_sally 2012-12-26 22:52:05


http://www.playbill.com/news/article/117528-August-Osage-County-Recoups-Initial-Investment

August did indeed!

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by frogs_fan85 2012-12-26 22:57:23


RACE also recouped:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/138920-Mamets-Race-Recoups-Investment

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by TheatreKid3 2012-12-26 23:10:52


I really hope STARCATCHER ends up recouping. That show deserves it. Does anyone know its initial investment and/or running costs? They couldn't have been that high.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by PlayItAgain 2012-12-26 23:41:06


RED recouped

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by sundayclothes2 2012-12-27 19:24:44


The Motherf*cker with the Hat, Vanya Sonia, and Ghetto Klown did.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by Jonwo 2012-12-27 19:28:26


Isn't War Horse non-profit as it produced by the Lincoln Centre and the National Theatre so any money it made would back into both companies rather any investors?

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by CapnHook 2012-12-27 19:53:43


Jonwo, you're correct. But they may still have announced that the show recouped its production costs. It's not often that the non-profit Broadway owners have a hit, but I'm 90% positive that Roundabout announced that their CABARET revival earned back it's upfront costs.

What was the last new straight play that recouped?
Posted by Jonwo 2012-12-27 20:09:27


With a non-profit, I assume it's a hit when it extend or becomes an open run and launching a national tour in the cases of South Pacific and Anything Goes. Harvey was a huge hit for Roundabout but couldn't extend due to Jim Parson's availability, they must have made some money from its run.