A View From the Bridge Gets Box Office Lift

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A wave of enthusiastic reviews for Broadway's A View From the Bridge prompted "close to $500,000" in box office sales on Jan. 25, the day after the revival of Arthur Miller's drama opened at the Cort Theatre.
A View From the Bridge stars Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber.
A View From the Bridge stars Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber.

The box office boost and the raves don't necessarily translate to an extension, however. A spokesperson told Playbill.com that the closing date of April 4 is firm. A limited 14-week engagement was planned. The Cort is already pre-booked for an April 14 launch of a revival of August Wilson's Fences.

The New York Times reported that co-star Scarlett Johansson has a film commitment in the spring.

Miller's A View From the Bridge, with Tony Award winner Liev Schreiber as Italian-American longshoreman Eddie Carbone, who seethes with passion for his niece, played by Johansson, opened on Broadway Jan. 24. Previews for the gritty new staging, directed by Gregory Mosher, began Dec. 28.

Golden Globe nominee Johansson ("Match Point," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona") makes her Broadway debut as Catherine, the object of her uncle's affection. When she shows interest in cousin Rodolpho (Morgan Spector), a charming Sicilian immigrant that Eddie brought into the country, the walls and streets of the play's Red Hook, Brooklyn, setting take on a shade of black. (The bridge of the title is the Brooklyn; Red Hook is on the bay side of the Brooklyn Bridge.)

The ancient tragedy-tinged drama also stars Michael Cristofer as the narrator-lawyer Alfieri, who serves as Eddie's counselor on the topics of justice and passion. Also in the cast are Jessica Hecht as Eddie's wife, Beatrice (Catherine is the daughter of her late sister); Corey Stoll as immigrant cousin Marco; plus Alex Cendese, Anthony DeSando, Antoinette LaVecchia, Matthew Montelongo, Mark Morettini, Joe Ricci, Robert Turano, Marco Verna, Bonnie Dennison and Jim Iorio.

According to production notes, "In A View From the Bridge, Miller's most passionate drama, Schreiber plays Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine, played by Scarlett Johansson. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie's jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world."

A View From the Bridge is produced by Stuart Thompson and The Araca Group. Additional producers include Jeffrey Finn, Broadway Across America, Olympus Theatricals, Marisa Sechrest, The Weinstein Company, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman/Robert G. Bartner, Swinsky/Deitch, Adam Zotovich/Ruth Hendel/Orin Wolf, and The Shubert Organization.

Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com.

For more information, visit www.AViewFromTheBridgeOnBroadway.com.

Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in <i>A View From the Bridge</i>
Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in A View From the Bridge Photo by Joan Marcus
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