A scathing comedy that tackled issues like race and gentrification, Bruce Norris’s acclaimed Clybourne Park opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre in April. Although the play went on to win the Tony Award for Best Play, and its ticket sales were respectable, it never quite became a hit with audiences. Given the play’s awards, though, it is likely to do well in regional theater.
One Man, Two Guvnors, which also opened on Broadway in April, arrived in New York City having already been a big hit in London’s West End. The 1960s-set breakneck farce with music enjoyed equally positive word-of-mouth from locals, rave reviews from the critics, and good box office sales. In fact, unlike most Broadway productions, One Man, Two Guvnors managed to recoup its investment, even though it played less than 200 performances during its limited engagement at the Music Box Theatre.