Tony Awards nominations boost Broadway box office in first week of new season

Broadway did boffo business last week with total takings of $34.2 million. 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 the Tony Awards frontrunners “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Hello, Dolly!,” which both played to standing room only.

Of the four Best Play nominees, “Oslo,” which is tipped to win, took in $663,000 while its closest rival, “A Doll’s House Part 2,” made $420K. Trailing these were “Sweat” at just under $300,000 and “Indecent,” which struggled to fill seats and grossed only $261,000.

Along with “Dear Evan Hansen,” the other three Best Musical contenders all did good business. “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” and “Come From Away” were both at more than 90% capacity and took in $1.2 and $1.1 million respectively. And “Groundhog Day” played to 77% and grossed just under one million dollars.

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