Jessica Chastain's Broadway Debut in 'The Heiress' Recoups Investment
Adapted b Ruth n Augustus Goet from th Henry James ove Washington Square, the 1947 play star Jessica Chastain s the socially awkward daughter of a well-heeled but emotionally cold doctor in 19th century New York. Directed b Moises Kaufman, the production also star David Strathairn Dan Stevens n Judith Ivey.
The play drew mixed reviews but has posted steady if unspectacular grosses since opening on Nov. 1. Publicity from Chastain's Oscar-nominated performance i Zero Dark Thirty elped bolster box office in recent weeks, along with the start of season three o Downton Abbey, in which Stevens plays the central role of Matthew Crawley.
Lead producers o The Heiress r Paula Wagner Roy Furman n Stephanie P. McClelland. While closing date of the limited engagement was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, the show will shutter a day early to allow Chastain to attend the BAFTA Awards in London that day. She is nominated for best actress fo Zero Dark Thirty, which is also up for best film.
The recoupment announcement make The Heiress ne of a very small handful of profitable new shows to debut so far in the 2012-13 Broadway season
Productions that closed early without recovering their investment have include The Performers, starrin Cheyenne Jackson Alicia Silverstone n Henry Winkler Dead Accounts, wit Katie Holmes Davi Mamet' The Anarchist, wit Patti LuPone n Debra Winger; and the musical Scandalou an Chaplin.
The Hollywood Reporter