*Just after the Martin Luther King Holiday, producers of Broadway’s “The Mountaintop,” a fictional drama set in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on the night before King’s 1968 assassination, have announced that the production has earned back its investment.
Producers said Wednesday that the play starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Basset recouped its entire initial investment of $3.1 million. It closes Sunday because Jackson has already committed to film a movie.
Playwright Katori Hall’s work began performances Sept. 22 and opened Oct. 13. When it closes, it will have played 24 preview and 117 regular performances.
In the play, audiences watch King flirt, curse, smoke Pall Malls, sip booze and even have a pillow fight with a mysterious hotel worker who brings the civil rights leader coffee.