David Mamet's China Doll, Starring Al Pacino, Turns a Profit

News   David Mamet's China Doll, Starring Al Pacino, Turns a Profit
 
David Mamet's latest play, China Doll, which opened on Broadway last fall to some of the more negative reviews of the season, reportedly has turned a profit—likely thanks to its star, Al Pacino.

The New York Times reported that the "critically panned but commercially successful" drama about a one-time power broker whose world is closing in around him, has recouped its $3.7 million investment and is now operating in the black.

The announcement comes at an unusual time for financial good news. January is generally the slowest time of year for the Broadway box office. It also comes despite the fact that Pacino has been playing truncated weeks of only six or seven performances, instead of the standard eight.

The show’s lead producer, Jeffrey Richards, who has backed most of the Mamet productions on Broadway in the past decade, told the paper that Mamet continued to polish the script after the opening. "It’s been ultimately very rewarding because of the work that’s been done during the actual run of the play. The ending has been changed by the playwright, and the audiences have embraced it recently, which has been very encouraging."

The play opened Dec. 4, 2015, and is scheduled to end its limited run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Jan. 31. Richards said the play has already been licensed by more than 30 theatres around the U.S., giving it a chance to be seen without Pacino's star power.

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