The Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci, is the first official hit of the season. The show earned back its $1.5 million investment in six and a half weeks, the New York Times reported. Frankie opened Aug. 8 at the Belasco Theatre. This marks the Broadway debut for Terrence McNally's romance, which played Off-Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club in 1987. The show—which has been much in the press due to the presence of screen actors Falco and Tucci and their onstage nudity—began previews at the Belasco July 26.
The Araca Group, the team behind Broadway's Urinetown, is producing (with partners) the limited-run staging of the two-character ode to romance in the working class. The play, kissed by music by Debussey, focuses on the tentative relationship between a waitress and a short-order cook. Joe Mantello (who helmed McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!) directs. John Lee Beatty is designing the set. The limited engagement plays only to Dec. 29.