Getting and Spending, Michael J. Chepiga's "humorous play" about morality, Wall Street and the law, closed Nov. 29, 1998 after 62 performances at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre. It played 23 previews (beginning Oct. 6) and 39 regular performances (opening Oct. 25).
Producers of the play hoped to keep the work running through the holidays, but business apparently did not merit a continuation. Band in Berlin is the next production slated for the Hayes, in February 1999.
Producers didn't call Getting & Spending a comedy ("humorous play" was the official dubbing), although the premise involved the potentially outrageous idea of a shrewd trial lawyer (David Rasche) turning his back on the world and taking vows in a monastery. Linda Purl, playing an investment baker accused of insider trading, sought his help.
Previously announced dates for a first preview, Oct. 1, and an opening, Oct. 15, were changed. The play had a summer tryout run at the nonprofit Old Globe Theatre under the direction of John Tillinger, who recreated his staging for Broadway with a slightly different cast. *
Though Karen Allen had originally been mentioned for the lead in Chepiga's play, Purl originated the role of banker Victoria Phillips in San Diego. Purl's stage credits include stints at Long Wharf, Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Rep and the Mark Taper Forum. Rasche (Speed the Plow, Edmond at OB's Atlantic Theatre) is a newcomer to the production. He and Purl will share the Broadway stage with newly-cast Jack Gilpin and Deirdre Lovejoy, plus Old Globe originators MacIntyre Dixon (as Brother Thaddeus and Judge Keefe), Debra Mooney (as the lawyer's sister) and Derek Smith (as Brother Alfred).
Designers were James F. Noone (set), Michael Krass (costumes), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Jeff Ladman (sound). Producers were Martin Markinson, Elsa Haft, Allan M. Shore, Norma Langworthy and Sheilah Goldman.