'Faith Healer' A Box Office Hit

In this photo provided by Barlow-Hartman, Ralph Fiennes stars in a revival of Brian Friel's "Faith Healer," opening May 4, 2006, now playing at Broadway's Booth Theatre. AP/Barlow-Hartman/Anthony Woods

"Faith Healer," already a critical success with a parade of glowing reviews, has become a Broadway hit where it really counts — at the box office.

The revival of the Brian Friel play starring Ralph Fiennes, Cherry Jones and Ian McDiarmid recouped its $2 million costs in only eight weeks, its producing team, headed by Michael Colgan and Sonia Friedman, announced Monday.

The drama has been playing to near capacity business at the Booth Theatre where the show opened May 4. Its limited engagement ends Aug. 13.

The original Broadway production of "Faith Healer," the tale of a charismatic charlatan, his adoring wife and his manager, had a brief life on Broadway in 1979, closing in less than three weeks.

"Faith Healer" now joins such other financially profitable shows from the 2005-2006 season as "Primo," "The Odd Couple," "Sweeney Todd," "Jersey Boys," "The Color Purple," "Bridge and Tunnel" and "The History Boys."
  • Judy Faber

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