In the days following Tuesday’s announcement of the Tony Awards nominations, leading contenders “Fun Home” and “Something Rotten” saw an uptake in takings. Meanwhile, the two other Best Musical nominees — “An American in Paris” and “The Visit” — continued to flourish and falter respectively.
“Fun Home,” which is tied for the lead with 12 nominations, is based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s autobiography about growing up in small-town Pennsylvania and the effects that coming out had on her family including her closeted gay father. During its initial run last year at the off-Broadway Public Theater, it was feted by the Lucille Lortel Awards and hailed as the Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle. Last week, it took in almost $100,000 more than the week before, topping out at $530,000.
“Something Rotten” is that rarity these days — an original Broadway musical. This sassy look at the making of the first-ever stage musical, set in the time of Shakespeare, earned 10 Tony nominations. It grossed just over $800,000. That was a record haul for this rousing crowd pleaser, which earns a rare standing ovation in the middle of the show.
“An American in Paris” also reaped 12 bids. Surprisingly, this legit version of the 1951 Best Picture champ it saw its weekly gross slip slightly. However, it still raked in a robust $1.2 million and played to pack houses. Audiences ate up this musical, with its gorgeous Gershwin songs often accompanied by lavish dance routines.
Despite claiming five nominations, “The Visit,” failed to find its footing. This final John Kander/Fred Ebb tuner to come to Broadway may be the sentimental favorite. Indeed, there is talk along the rialto that star Chita Rivera could make this her swan song. However, audiences are indifferent as its weekly earnings stalled at just under $200,000.
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