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Cate Blanchett’s Star Power Lifts ‘The Present’ on Broadway

Cate Blanchett is proving to be a robust box-office draw on Broadway.

“The Current,” a brand new adaptation of a little-known Chekhov play starring Ms. Blanchett in her Broadway debut, final week grossed simply over $1 million, an indication of energy for any Broadway present, however particularly for a nonmusical play.

One illustrative comparability: A revival this season of “The Cherry Orchard,” additionally by Chekhov, topped out at $384,000 throughout its greatest, and last, week of performances.

“The Current,” which opened on Jan. eight, obtained combined critiques, however has been promoting nicely since starting previews on Dec. 17. Final week, a so-so week for Broadway over all, was the strongest but for “The Current,” which had a wholesome common admission value of $129 and performed to 95 p.c full homes, based on figures launched Wednesday by the Broadway League for the week ending Jan. 15.

The difference, written by Ms. Blanchett’s husband, Andrew Upton, is a contemporary tackle Chekhov’s first play, which is most frequently produced below the title “Platonov.” Ms. Blanchett, a two-time Oscar winner, performs a Russian widow who is popping 40 and anxious about easy methods to grasp on to her dwelling. The play’s motion facilities on a wild celebration at which the character’s family and friends have gathered.

The general Broadway season, which started in Could and runs by way of this Could, continues to look robust — grosses are up zero.four p.c over the earlier, record-setting, season. However attendance is now down 1.1 p.c, a doubtlessly worrisome indicator, though there are a number of crowd-pleasing reveals scheduled to open later this season.

Among the many indicators of well being: Two of this season’s performs introduced that they’d recouped their capitalization prices, that means, in trade parlance, that they’re hits, and may generate earnings till they shut this month.

A revival of “The Entrance Web page,” with a forged led by Nathan Lane, has recouped its $four.875 million capitalization, based on the producer Scott Rudin; that manufacturing is scheduled to shut Jan. 29. And “Oh, Whats up on Broadway,” starring the comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, has recouped its $2.9 million capitalization, based on the producers Patrick Catullo and Marcia Goldberg; it’s scheduled to shut on Sunday.

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