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'Vanya and Sonia' turns a profit on Broadway

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“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will have a profitable summer. Christopher Durang’s comedy starring David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver has recouped its $2.75-million investment after 17 weeks, producers announced Monday.

The production, which runs through Aug. 25, has seen a boost at the box office since its June 9 Tony win for best play.

For the last three weeks, the production has averaged $685,000 a week in ticket sales, or about 89% of its potential gross.

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“Vanya and Sonia" joins “Lucky Guy" starring Tom Hanks, Bette Midler's “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," “Glengarry Glen Ross” with Al Pacino and “The Heiress” with Jessica Chastain in the list of plays to recoup their cost for the 2012-13 season.

After a successful off-Broadway run, "Vanya and Sonia" transferred to Broadway’s Golden Theater and opened March 14.

The production will soon lose one if its original cast members. Beginning July 30, Tony winner Julie White ("The Little Dog Laughed") will replace Weaver, who had prior film commitments, for the remainder of the run.

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