Tony-Winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Recoups on Broadway

By Andrew Gans
01 Jul 2013

Shalita Grant and Kristine Nielsen
Shalita Grant and Kristine Nielsen
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Producers Joey Parnes and Larry Hirschhorn announced July 1 that the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Christopher Durang’s new comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, has recouped its entire $2.75 million investment.

The production, which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, recently extended its premiere Broadway engagement at the Golden Theatre for a second time and will now end Aug. 25 (it was originally scheduled to close June 30). Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike began previews March 5 and opened March 14.

The production was named Best Play by every major theatrical awards organization, including the aforementioned Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Drama Desk, the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle.

Directed by Nicholas Martin, the comedy stars Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen, Shalita Grant, and Liesel Allen-Yeager. Weaver will play her final performance July 28, and Tony Award winner Julie White will assume the role of Masha beginning July 30.



"Riffing on some of Anton Chekov’s most time-tested themes," press notes state, "Christopher Durang proves in his hysterically funny and surprisingly affecting new romp, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, that whether you’re in 19th Century Russia or 21st Century Pennsylvania, the human condition never changes. Vanya (Pierce) and Sonia (Nielsen) have never left the confines of their childhood home – a rambling farmhouse in Bucks County, PA – while having to witness the glamorous exploits of their sister, Masha (Weaver), a famous movie actress, from afar. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike (Magnussen), throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape."

The creative team features David Korins (scenic design), Emily Rebholz (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design) and Mark Bennett (original music and sound design).

The play had its world premiere at the McCarter Theatre Center in New Jersey last fall, prior to a New York run that opened Off-Broadway Nov. 12, 2012, at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Golden Theatre Box Office (252 West 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues) or via telecharge.com/ (212) 239-6200. Tickets are priced from $60-$142.