Producer Scott Rudin announced January 9 that the star-studded Broadway production of The Front Page, which began previews September 20 prior to an official opening October 20, 2016, at the Broadhurst Theatre, recouped its entire $4.875 million capitalization during the week ending January 1.
It is the first Broadway production of the 2016-17 theatre season to reach this milestone, having recouped in just under 15 weeks.
Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, The Front Page features Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Holland Taylor, Sherie Rene Scott, and Robert Morse, along with Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock, and Clarke Thorell. The limited engagement continues through January 29.
This all-star production of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic 1928 comedy, set in the world of the Chicago newspaper business, is described as such: “The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.”
The Front Page is produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Len Blavatnik, Peter May, The John Gore Organization, Eric Falkenstein, Seth A. Goldstein, The Araca Group, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Ruth Hendel, Heni Koenigsberg, Jon B. Platt, Daryl Roth, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Stephanie P. McClelland, True Love Productions, Jane Bérgere, Wendy Federman, Anita Waxman, Meredith Lynsey Schade, Jamie deRoy, Al Nocciolino, and Spring Sirkin. Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson serve as executive producers.