The successful Broadway revival of A Chorus Line recently recouped its initial $8 million investment after 19 weeks. That's a relatively brief time period, made possible by the show's comparatively modest capitalization. Typical Broadway musicals come in at over $10 million. Witness the following:
The Producers...$10.5 million
The Color Purple...$11 million
Of course, A Chorus Line is a much smaller show than these, due mostly to its spare production design and casting requirements. The producers plan to take the show on tour starting in the spring of 2008.
As I mentioned in my review, I found the "revival" thoroughly professional but uninspired. It's not really a revival at all, but rather a re-staging of the original production. Bob Avian has merely placed the actors where he remembers them being in the original, and neglected to coax three-dimensional performances out of the cast. The performers are more than competent, to be sure, yet there's something a bit bloodless about the proceedings. But the new production does stand as a testament to the quality of the piece itself.
I have to admit that I was wrong in predicting that it was too early to revive both A Chorus Line and Les Miserables, at least from an economic perspective. Both seem to be doing quite well at the box office, thank you. So, it's probably a good thing that I'm not the one making these decisions.