Broadway shows had total takings of $32.8 million last week. While that is off by 5% from the previous week, it is up by a staggering $5.7 million from the same frame last years. While some of that was spent by theater goers on long-running shows like “The Book of Mormon” and “Wicked,” a big slice of the pie went to fare that was new to the rialto this year. Among the hottest shows in town are two of the Best Musical rival contenders — “Come From Away” and “Dear Evan Hansen”– which both played to standing room only and took in about $1.2 million each.
Another contender, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” wasn’t far behind with attendance of just under 99% and takings of about $1.1 million. The fourth nominee, “Groundhog Day” played to 90% and grossed just $860K.
Of the four Best Play nominees, “Oslo,” which is tipped to win, took in $600,000 and played to 80% attendance while its closest rival, “A Doll’s House Part 2,” made $450K but drew crowds that saw it top 95% attendance. Trailing these were “Sweat” at $275K and “Indecent,” which struggled to fill seats and grossed only $227,000.
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