Long Wharf Theatre has crowned a new box office champ during its 50th anniversary season. Bad Jews has supplanted Satchmo at the Waldorf as the highest grossing show in Stage II history.
The show, written by Joshua Harmon, directed by Oliver Butler, has become the highest grossing play since Stage II opened during the 1977-78 season. The play has brought in more single ticket sales than 2012-13 season production of Satchmo at the Waldorf, written by Terry Teachout, and starring John Douglas Thompson. Two of Brian Dennehy’s appearances at Long Wharf, Hughie in 2008-09 season, and Krapp’s Last Tape during the 2011-12 season, round out the top four.
Due to audience demand, the run has been extended through Sunday, March 29. A limited number of tickets are still available at www.longwharf.org and by calling 203-787-4282.
“We are, of course, excited about this play’s box office success. We are even more delighted about how much conversation this comedy has generated at our post-show discussions and throughout the community,” said Managing Director Joshua Borenstein.
Bad Jews joins robust company at the top of the list. The top shows since 1998 are Satchmo at the Waldorf, by Terry Teachout; Hughie by Eugene O’Neill; The Mandrake Root, written by and starring Lynn Redgrave (2000-01 season); Satchmo at the Waldorf; Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett; Modern Orthodox by Daniel Goldfarb (2000-01 season); and An American Daughter by Wendy Wasserstein (1998-99 season).
– Steve Scarpa