Spacey's Moon for the Misbegotten Recoups

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The current Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten — starring Academy and Tony Award winner Kevin Spacey — has recouped its original investment.
Eve Best and Kevin Spacey star in A Moon for the Misbegotten.
Eve Best and Kevin Spacey star in A Moon for the Misbegotten. Photo by Simon Annand

According to a press statement, the Old Vic revival, which is playing the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, has recouped its entire $2.4 million investment after only 52 performances.

The revival, which received a Tony nomination for its leading lady, Eve Best, began previews at the Atkinson March 29 and officially opened April 9. The limited engagement closes June 10.

Director Howard Davies and the cast of Spacey, Best, Colm Meaney, Billy Carter and Eugene O'Hare are reprising their roles for the New York production, the first Broadway transfer of the Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey serves as artistic director.

A Moon for the Misbegotten, according to press notes, "tells the shattering story of Josie Hogan (Best), a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation who lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father, Phil (Meaney). During one long moonlit night fueled by drink and lust, Josie's softer side is exposed through her feelings for Hogan's landlord Jim Tyrone (Spacey), and two implacable souls reveal to each other the grief, longing and unrequited love they've hidden from the world."

The design team for the Broadway production includes Bob Crowley (scenic design), Lynette Mauro (costume design), Mark Henderson (lighting design) and Christopher Shutt (sound design). Dominic Muldowney penned original music; the sound system design is by T. Richard Fitzgerald and Carl Casella. Spacey won a Tony Award for Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and was Tony-nominated for his work in O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. His other Broadway credits include Long Day's Journey Into Night, Hurlyburly and Ghosts. He won Oscars for his performances in "American Beauty" and "The Usual Suspects."

A Moon for the Misbegotten premiered on Broadway in 1957 and was most recently seen in a 2000 revival starring Cherry Jones, Roy Dotrice and Gabriel Byrne.

Performances are Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 7 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Sixty same-day student rush seats are available on the day of the performance at the box office for $26.50. The running time is two hours and 45 minutes.

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located in Manhattan at 256 West 47th Street. For tickets visit or call (212) 307-4100.

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