The New York Times is reporting that Broadway's THE MIRACLE WORKER, which celebrated its opening night this past Wednesday, March 3, may be in trouble already.
After opening Wednesday to critical acclaim, the 50th Anniversary production and first Broadway revival of William Gibson's Tony Award® winning play THE MIRACLE WORKER will continue at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50 Street).
In a statement out today, however, Producer David Richenthal said: "While we are very proud to have received such positive reviews, and overwhelmingly unanimous praise for our leading ladies Abigail Breslin and Alison Pill, the box office has not ignited as we had hoped. But we will continue in good faith with a call to arms for anyone who has been waiting to see it to act now. I've never seen families and young children react to a play the way we've witnessed at Circle in the Square. It is our hope that momentum will build so we may continue to share this powerful story of the resilience of the human spirit with a new generation of theatergoers. If we don't witness a significant increase in the box office over the weekend we will need to take a close look at our ability to keep the production open."
THE MIRACLE WORKER began previews on February 12 and opened March 3, 2010.
Directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined), THE MIRACLE WORKER stars Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Tony Award® nominee Alison Pill (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, Golden Globe Award® winner and Emmy Award® nominee Matthew Modine (the film Short Cuts, "And the Band Played On"), Jennifer Morrison (Fox series "House M.D.," the film Star Trek), Tony Award® winner Elizabeth Franz (Death of a Salesman), Tobias Segal, Daniel Oreskes, Michael Cummings, Simone Joy Jones, Yvette Ganier and Lance Chantiles-Wertz.
Set in Tuscumbia, Alabama in the 1880s, THE MIRACLE WORKER tells the story of the young Helen Keller, who became blind and deaf after a childhood illness, and the extraordinary woman, Annie Sullivan, who taught her to communicate with the world.
THE MIRACLE WORKER features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, original music and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, hair design by Charles LaPointe and physical coaching and movement by Lee Sher.
THE MIRACLE WORKER is produced by David Richenthal, Eric Falkenstein, Randall L. Wreghitt, Barbara & Buddy Freitag, Dan Frishwasser, Joseph J. Grano, Jr., Mallory Factor, David & Sheila Lehrer, Martha Falkenberg, Bruce J. Carusi & Susan Altamore Carusi, Cheryl Lachowicz, Lynn Shaw; in association with Connie Bartlow Kristan and Jamie deRoy/Remmel T. Dickinson.
THE MIRACLE WORKER originally opened at The Playhouse Theatre on October 19, 1959 and was awarded the 1960 Tony Award® for Best Play in addition to garnering leading lady Anne Bancroft a Tony Award® for Best Actress in a Play for the role of Annie Sullivan and a Theatre World Award for newcomer Patty Duke for her portrayal of Helen Keller. Both actresses received Academy Awards® for their work in the feature film adaptation.
THE MIRACLE WORKER tickets are $117.00 (including $2.00 facility charge) and are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, visiting www.telecharge.com or in person at Circle in the Square Theatre box office at 235 West 50 Street.
For tickets and more information, visit www.miracleworkeronbroadway.com.