A Delicate Balance, With Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Martha Plimpton, Breaks Box-Office Record

News   A Delicate Balance, With Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Martha Plimpton, Breaks Box-Office Record
The starry revival of A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow, has broken box-office records during its first week of previews at the Golden Theatre.

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The production grossed $884,596 over eight preview performances during the week ending Oct. 25, setting a new house record at the Golden Theatre. The house boasted 100% attendance and 102.25% of the week's gross potential. The theatre's previous house record, $732.896.00, was held by the 2010 revival of Driving Miss Daisy, which starred James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave.

A Delicate Balance began previews on Broadway Oct. 20 prior to an official opening Nov. 20 at the Golden Theatre. The limited engagement continues through Feb. 22, 2015.

Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon, the production stars three-time Tony Award winner Close (Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden) and two-time Tony Award winner Lithgow (The Changing Room, Sweet Smell of Success). The cast also includes Tony Award winner Lindsay Duncan (Private Lives, Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Bob Balaban (Plaza Suite, The Inspector General), Clare Higgins (Vincent in Brixton, Sweet Bird of Youth) and Martha Plimpton (Top Girls, The Coast of Utopia).

Here's how the production is billed: "In A Delicate Balance, Agnes (Glenn Close) and Tobias (John Lithgow), a long-married couple, must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Martha Plimpton) after the collapse of her fourth marriage, and give shelter to their best friends (Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins), all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire (Lindsay Duncan)."

The original Tony-nominated 1966 production starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, while the 1973 film starred Katharine Hepburn, Paul Scofield and Lee Remick. A 1996 Broadway revival of A Delicate Balance, starring Rosemary Harris, Elaine Stritch and George Grizzard, was a critical and popular success, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The production features scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt.

A Delicate Balance is produced by Scott Rudin.

The John Golden Theatre is located at 252 West 45th Street. Visit adelicatebalancebroadway.com for more information.

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