Phil Mickelson hits and flops as Broadway producer
Phil and Amy Mickelson were producers of 'The Anarchist,' which closed on Dec. 16 after 17 performances, losing $2.6 million.
Just like in his golf game, Phil Mickelson proved he can create an amazing flop in his debut as a Broadway producer.
Mickelson and his wife, Amy, are listed as producers in two Broadway shows this fall, both from the same playwright: “The Anarchist,” a new play by David Mamet, and “Glengarry Glen Ross,” a revival of Mamet’s acclaimed 1984 play, which was made into a movie in 1992.
While the “Glengarry Glen Ross” revival starring Al Pacino has been a hit with holiday theatergoers (though reviewers aren’t as impressed), “The Anarchist” closed just two weeks after its Dec. 2 opening, despite an all-star cast including movie actress Debra Winger.
A representative for Mickelson declined to comment on the extent of Phil and Amy’s participation in the two productions, as did the lead producer of both plays, Jeffrey Richards. However, The New York Times said investors in “The Anarchist” stand to lose $2.6 million and called it “the fastest failure of a major writer’s new play on Broadway” in 30 years.
It’s not all bad news for the Mickelsons’ adventure on the Great White Way. Variety reports that “Glengarry Glen Ross” has grossed more than $1 million per week since it began previews in late October. The show is scheduled to run through Jan. 20.
But the Mickelsons will be sharing those returns with fellow investors and Pacino, who is being paid $125,000 per week plus a share of profits for his role in “Glengarry,” according to Vanity Fair.
That's the kind of paycheck even a PGA Tour superstar can respect.
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Photos: Phil and Amy Mickelson at the 2012 Ryder Cup (Getty Images); Al Pacino heading to a performance of "Glengarry Glen Ross on Dec. 1 (Associated Press)