‘Red Hot Patriot’ play is B’way-bound for sure if Philly gross is any hint: $437K in single-ticket sales

redhot2 kathleenturner2 The Molly Ivins play—remember, Molly was the uppity newspaper columnist with a dog named Shit and a sassy ‘tude to match—is a sure thing for Broadway if you go by the numbers from Philadelphia.

Hey, brag, didn’t I think as much earlier?

From March 19 through Sunday as reported by Michael Klein in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the world premiere starring Kathleen Turner (left photo) "racked up $437,000 in single-ticket sales" for the Philadelphia Theater Company.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins played "its 5-1/2 weeks at 95 percent capacity. To give some context, the company’s previous best-sellers were Grey Gardens (2009) at $202,000 and The Happiness Lecture (2008) at $187,000." The co-authors are Margaret and Allison Engel—Peggy worked 20 or 30 feet from me at the Lorain (Ohio) Journal. Congrats to both!

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