Congrats to them! It helps to have a small cast and orchestra to keep weekly operating costs low, but it’s still pretty remarkable to recoup a $9.5 million capitalization in such a short time frame in such a small house. I expect Come From Away will recoup in the next few months (also smaller cast, smaller orchestra). I’d be surprised if The Great Comet recoups because I would imagine it has a much higher operating cost; I don’t know what it’s on the hook for in terms of the physical changes to the Imperial. Groundhog Day has such an astronomical capitalization ($17 million) along with higher weekly costs that I can’t imagine it ever coming close to recouping.
Anastasia and Charlie seem to be running on brand awareness right now, so they stand decent chances of eventually recouping. Bandstand and War Paint look to have less of a chance because they’re probably just covering operating expenses over the last few weeks, based on similar-type shows costs in the past. I wonder if A Bronx Tale will recoup? It did quite well in the fall; it’s fallen off in recent weeks but with no big stars it’s probably still making its nut.
The Band’s Visit will supposedly have a very small capitalization and weekly operating when it opens in the fall and with little new musical competition and the expected raves, it could do quite well.