A Moon for the Misbegotten: recoups $2.4 million investment

London's Old Vic production of Eugene O'Neils�s A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Kevin Spacey and Eve Best, has recouped its entire $2.4 million investment in just over 6 weeks.

A Moon for the Misbegotten opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 8 Apr 2007, following previews from 29 Mar 2007, and is running for a strictly limited performance engagement ending on 10 Jun 2007.

The New York outing of A Moon for the Misbegotten is directed by Howard Davies, who also directed the London production, which ran at at London's Old Vic from 26 Sep - 23 Dec 2006.

The show features the same cast as the original London production, and stars Kevin Spacey as James Tyrone and Eve Best as Josie Hogan respectively.

The cast also features Colm Meaney (Phil Hogan), Billy Carter (T Stedman Harder) and Eugene O'Hare (Mike Hogan).

Eve Best has been nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Josie Hogan

The revival opened to mixed notices: "Jarringly stylized production" (Bloomberg); "Isn't as absorbing or affecting as it should have been" (USA Today); "Fiercely dramatic yet with nuanced staging, Eugene O'Neill's 'A Moon for the Misbegotten' is a long, wonderful night's journey into day" (New York Post).

Through the play received mixed notices, Eve Best performance was praised by all: "Eve Best, a sweetheart of the London stage in a commanding Broadway debut." (New York Times); "The great performance comes from Broadway rookie Eve Best. The British actress' debut is lustrous." (New York Daily News); "Eve Best, she is one of the glories of the current Broadway season. It would be a serious mistake to miss her extraordinary performance." (Associated Press).

The design team for A Moon for the Misbegotten includes scenic design by Bob Crowley, costumes by Lynette Mauro, lighting by Mark Henderson, original music by Dominic Muldowney, sound design by Christopher Shutt and sound system design by T. Richard Fitzgerald & Carl Casella.

A Moon for the Misbegotten is set in 1923 Connecticut, and explores the tormented and alcoholic James Tyrone, who finds solace one moonlit night in the healing arms of the shy, virginal Josie Hogan. Possessed by the memory of his dead mother and guilt ridden by his own blasphemous behavior, the doomed Tyrone is the only man Josie will ever really know.

A Moon for the Misbegotten was first performed on Broadway in 1957, this will be the play's fourth revival on Broadway.

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