Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups

vanyaandsonia2_largeWhen the wacky Christopher Durang play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike transferred from Off-Broadway to Broadway earlier this year, it might have seemed like a risky move, considering Durang is renowned for off-beat fare that doesn’t necessarily translate to the mainstream. However, bringing the comedy to Broadway has proved to be a wise choice, as it has just recouped all of its $2.75 million investment.

It isn’t easy for a Broadway show to earn back its investment, but Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike steadily gained steam after opening at the John Golden Theatre in March, going on to capture the Tony Award for Best Play and earning honors from the Drama Desk, the Drama League, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and the Outer Critics Circle as well. After winning the Tony, the show quickly became a very hot ticket.

Starring David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant, and Liesel Allen-Yeager, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is currently scheduled to play through August 25. As of July 30, Julie White will take over for Sigourney Weaver.

Broadway Blows Back on December 10

David Hyde Pierce

On December 10 at 7:30pm, Broadway joins the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with “Broadway Blows Back”, a benefit concert to raise money for communities in New York and New Jersey that are struggling in the aftermath of Sandy.  The event will be held at the Gershwin Theatre, home of Broadway’s Wicked.

The concert’s impressive list of scheduled performers includes a host of Broadway regulars and relative newcomers, including David Hyde Pierce, Patrick Wilson, Christiane Noll, Julia Murney, Eden Espinosa, Ashley Brown, Julie Halston, Max Crumm, Christopher Sieber, Dee Hoty, Jessie Mueller, Natalie Joy Johnson, Raymond J. Lee and several more.  Joe Ricci serves as director, and James Lowe is the event’s music director.

Tickets for “Broadway Blows Back” start at $25 and can be purchased here.  All of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to charity.  50% of the funds will go to The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and the other half will go to The Mayor’s Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief.