September 30, 2019 at 12:25 pm #1203114220
A couple of previewing shows are off to brutal starts. Linda Vista and The Lightning Thief had dismal numbers last week: $137,786 and $216,708 respectively. Linda Vista at least is a non-profit production, but the numbers for Lightning must be giving the accountants ulcers. A $47 average ticket and 25% of gross potential are not going to pay the bills. I hope the producers have some dough in the reserve tanks, or this won’t make it through its limited run. The Sound Inside isn’t doing gangbusters, but at least it’s likely covering its nut.October 1, 2019 at 10:01 am #1203115935
The Broadway production of Sea Wall/A Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge finished its limited run this past week recouping its investment.
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/196912/jake-gyllenhaal-tom-sturridge-lead-sea-walla-life-to-broadway-recoupment/October 21, 2019 at 12:25 pm #1203146188
Two shows are currently previewing, and one is doing well while the other not as much. Tina played to sellout houses and nearly $1.4 million in box office receipts for seven previews last week. On the other hand, all the Olivier awards don’t yet seem to have translated to box office stateside for The Inheritance. The show played to just 67% of capacity and only 55% of box office potential last week. Perhaps reviews here will help, if they are as strong as expected. The two-part format may be a problem, though it didn’t hurt Angels in America or Harry Potter. Perhaps this just doesn’t have the name recognition/word of mouth yet.
Of the shows that opened last week, The Rose Tattoo and The Sound Inside are doing middling business, but enough to get by for plays. American Utopia was a near-sellout and grossed $618,000 in a small house for six performances. As for The Lightning Thief… the only word is “oof”. Only 52% attendance in its opening week and 28% of box office potential. $241,000 will not cover the bills for a Broadway production.October 23, 2019 at 5:52 am #1203148707
Fiddler On The Roof In Yiddish will close on January 5. http://www.playbill.com/article/yiddish-fiddler-on-the-roof-to-wrap-up-off-broadway-run-in-januaryOctober 24, 2019 at 5:49 am #1203150255
The Office! A Musical Parody will close on January 13. http://www.playbill.com/article/the-office-a-musical-parody-sets-closing-dateOctober 24, 2019 at 6:01 am #1203150281
Only Human will close this Sunday, October 28, only one week after officially opening. http://www.playbill.com/article/only-human-to-end-off-broadway-runOctober 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm #1203158348
The West End production of The Man In The White Suit will close a month early on December 7 instead of the previously announced January 11. http://www.playbill.com/article/the-man-in-the-white-suit-to-close-early-in-the-west-endNovember 11, 2019 at 6:07 am #1203174299
Tony-winner Hadesdown has announced that they have recouped their $11.5 million investment, about seven months after the Broadway opening.November 11, 2019 at 4:37 pm #1203175186
Tootsie will close on January 5, after 293 performances. So the Marquis will be open for the spring. Perhaps Almost Famous?November 11, 2019 at 4:47 pm #1203175199
Not too surprised given not only its grosses in recent months, but also when I saw the show over a week ago, I noticed quite a few empty seats near me. At least I was able to see it with the original cast.November 15, 2019 at 7:23 pm #1203181531
In Michael Riedel’s latest column, he looks into the reasons why Tootsie has failed to catch on with audiences.
https://nypost.com/2019/11/14/tootsie-was-a-broadway-flop-because-theater-is-fickle-insiders/November 22, 2019 at 7:41 am #1203197021
The West End production of Waitress will close next year on July 4 and embark on a U.K. and Ireland tour afterwards. http://www.playbill.com/article/londons-waitress-sets-closing-date-at-the-adelphi-theatreDecember 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm #1203227789
Despite strong grosses in recent months, the Broadway production of Beetlejuice will close on June 6th, 2020, most likely making way for the upcoming Hugh Jackman-led revival of The Music Man.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/09/theater/beetlejuice-broadway-evicted.html?auth=linked-google1tapDecember 9, 2019 at 9:12 pm #1203228386
Ain’t Too Proud set a new record for the Imperial Theatre. https://www.broadway.com/buzz/197832/broadway-grosses-aint-too-proud-breaks-the-imperial-theatre-box-office-record/December 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm #1203244512
In Michael Riedel’s latest column, he talks about the behind the scenes drama regarding Beetlejuice getting kicked out of the Winter Garden Theatre for The Music Man.
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