Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop has earned back its entire investment, producers Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman announced today—making it the first production to do so in the new year. The Olivier-winning drama—which cost $3.1 million to produce—stars Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Angela Bassett as a maid he encounters at the Lorraine Motel the night before his assassination. It opened to mixed reviews in October (our Lisa Schwarzbaum gave it an A-), but immediately established Hall as a one of the 2011-2012 season’s breakouts. The Mountaintop will only be open for five more days, but Hall’s next play, Hurt Village, about a housing project in Memphis, hits off-Broadway on Feb. 27.
‘The Mountaintop’ is the first Broadway earner of 2012