Al Pacino and his fellow con artists in “Glengarry Glen Ross” yesterday postponed their opening to Dec. 10 from this coming Sunday.
The Broadway revival of David Mamet’s 1984 play about Chicago salesmen hawking Florida badlands began performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Oct. 19. Pacino is being paid more than $125,000 per week for the show, which is charging as much as $377 per ticket excluding fees, despite being in previews.
Jeffrey Richards, the lead producer of “Glengarry,” said in an interview yesterday that the postponement was necessitated by three “truncated rehearsals” in the wake of superstorm Sandy and by a decision not to conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.
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The rehearsals had been shortened when some of the actors were unable to attend because of the storm.
Richards said the show isn’t ready to be “frozen” -- the point when the director determines that no more changes will be made. Richards also is producing the premiere of a new Mamet play, “The Anarchist,” which is scheduled to open Dec. 2. He said he did not want to detract attention from that show.
“Glengarry,” directed by Daniel Sullivan, will have played seven weeks of previews, more than half of its scheduled run, before critics are invited to weigh in. Producers also extended the run three weeks, to Jan. 20.
The tactic of putting off critics hasn’t been used since “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” postponed its opening from January, 2011, to the following June.
In that case, many critics began purchasing their own tickets and reviewing the show before the official opening date.
“Glengarry” is selling briskly and priced accordingly. As of Monday night, a pair in the fourth row for Saturday night was available for $772.75 from Telecharge.com -- $377 each, plus fees. A pair for the same night fetches even more on Stubhub, $1,449.
In the week ending on Oct. 28, “Glengarry” was by far Broadway’s top-selling play, grossing $1.1 million.
Pacino earns $125,000 a week plus 5 percent of profits, according to the show’s operating agreement obtained from the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Should weekly ticket sales exceed $1.25 million after deducting for credit card commissions, he also gets 10 percent of box office above $1.25 million.
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