June 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm #434788
The week after the Tonys was the expected boon to the two big winners: Fun Home was up $63,000 to $716,631 and a huge 103.3% of capacity, indicating a healthy standing room business. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time jumped $84,000 to hit $885,114, a huge number for a play in its ninth month. The King and I actually slipped a few dollars and was not a complete sellout, probably because Tony-winning star Kelli O’Hara missed the weekend performances with the flu. (Tip: DO NOT plan to see a Broadway show in the couple of weeks after the Tonys if you’re desperate to see a given Tony-winning star. The Tony schedule is exhausting, and many people typically succumb to illnesses they have powered through in the run-up to the awards.) Something Rotten! rode its show-opening performance slot to an increase of $144,000 and a gross of over $1.178 million for its best week yet. Gigi was up over $100,000, probably due to a combination of its impending closing and its Tony performance slot.
The Visit managed $274,000 in its final week, which is a pittance but still up $80,000 over the previous week. Fish in the Dark plummeted $400,000 in its first non-Larry David week, but still brought in well over $800,000. With the general interest the Tonys bring to Broadway, stalwarts Matilda, The Lion King, and Wicked saw huge gains in dollars.June 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm #434789
I think On The Town might be the next casualty…especially since it’s only playing to 56%. It’s a shame too, because that cast is fantastic. But the show never caught fire with the public the way many of the other shows have.June 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm #434790
Pretty good week ending 6/21 for Broadway, with most shows posting gains even a week removed from the Tony hoopla. Two notable exceptions were It Shoulda Been You and Wolf Hall, which saw steep declines in attendance. Big winners Fun Home and Curious Incident rose again and were close to their potential grosses. Skylight closed on a high and set a house record for the Golden, while Gigi was up to $619,000 for its final frame. Despite the lack of any big marquee Tony wins, An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, and Finding Neverland appear to be solid box office hits. Cult fave Hand to God was up again, to $415,000, which is probably in profit-making territory for a small-scale play.
The Book of Mormon
The Lion King
An American in Paris
WickedJune 23, 2015 at 5:13 am #434791
With ON THE TOWN, there were rumors it may have closed this past January and then there was talk it may be a late Spring casulty. After that, it seemed apparent they were out to stay open through the Tony season….and then might close right after the Tonys.
I truly can’t see it staying open beyond the summer. I could see it closing sometime between late July up to Labor Day Weekend, and then they could claim it is to focus on the National Tour.
I definitely don’t want it to close because I personally found it to be a great production of a rather flawed old show.
“The art of making art is putting it together...”June 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm #434792
Week ending 6/28 was good for most shows except Chicago, which dropped $120,000. I’m assuming whatever guest star they had has left, but I’m too lazy to look it up.
Amazing Grace started previews to a paltry $200,000 for five performances, probably low enough to give the producers night sweats.
Aladdin, Fun Home, Matilda, The Audience, The Book of Mormon, The King and I, The Lion King
Tony champions Curious Incident and Fun Home continued to build their grosses. Other newbies An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, and Something Rotten! show no signs of slowing down and look to be strong box office performers for the foreseeable future.June 30, 2015 at 11:50 am #434793
Brandy is starring in Chicago right now. She extended her contract to early August (and has bumped the shows sales considerably). But this past week she was out for most of it on a previously scheduled vacation. Hence the big drop. It’ll probably go back up for next week.July 2, 2015 at 8:51 am #434794
Interesting article in Forbes about the little-show-that-could, Hand to God. It was capitalized for $4 million, but only $3.4 million has been spent. With weekly running costs of a tiny $270,000, it has almost halfway recouped already. And with word of mouth good and a strong advertising campaign, it’s selling tickets into 2016 and seems likely to make a profit during its run.July 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm #434795
Fourth of July is typically a bad holiday for Broadway grosses, and it held true this year as well, with many shows taking six-figure tumbles over last week. Biggest loser was Beautiful, which fell $193,000. Wolf Hall actually increased attendance 9.6%, but fell $169,013, so they must have been basically giving tickets away for the end of their run. (Avg. ticket price for them was $52.82.) Amazing Grace increased a whole $689, to a total of $201,081 and an average ticket of $38.92, which is Visit-level nastiness. Shows rarely close in previews these days, but unless they get some truly amazing grace from somewhere, this one won’t be around long. I guess this is a show that could potentially have a regional life for certain audiences, so having the pedigree of a Broadway opening could be helpful. The only substantial gainer was The King and I, up nearly $67,000.
Sellouts: Aladdin, Fun Home, The Book of Mormon, Matilda, The King and I, The Lion KingJuly 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm #434796
Fourth of July week numbers are always rough to look at. Im so glad Fun Home is still SRO, and many of the shows on the boards are quite successful despite this weeks typical declines. I was at the final performance of Wolf Hall, Part 2 (Bring Up the Bodies), and at least they were almost sold out for the final performance. Though indeed, that one never caught fire here the way it did with the Brits. I thoroughly enjoyed both parts nonetheless.
I highly doubt Amazing Grace would close during previews, far too much has been invested to not at least wait til reviews come out. The days of closing up shop instantly are mostly gone, given the higher production costs. Producers give it some time to see if sales build up. The quickest closing I can remember was The Performers with Henry Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson, and Alicia Silverstone. It lasted 6 regular performances (and therefore wasnt even eligible for Tony consideration). Elling with Brendan Fraser and Jennifer Coolidge found a similar fate, but at least was eligible for Tonys by making it to 9 performances.July 7, 2015 at 7:52 am #434797
By the way, forgot to add that The King and I‘s gross of $1,241,086 last week set a house record for the Beaumont. The subscriber tickets must have been overtaken by full-price non-subscribers at this point. IIRC from when I bought mine, $97 is lowest ticket price available to us grunts who don’t subscribe.July 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm #434798
Most shows saw modest upticks last week (ending 7/12) after the bloodbath that was the week of the Independence Day holiday. Penn and Teller on Broadway bowed to an impressive $995,616 despite having only 66.4% of their seats occupied. Amazing Grace was up $90,000 to a total gross of $291,315, meaning it probably only lost about $200,000 last week 🙂
Sellouts: Aladdin, Fun Home, The Book of Mormon, The King and IJuly 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm #434799
‘Twas a good week on the Great White Way for most shows. Only The King and I was down substantially ($94,000), probably because Ken Watanabe is now gone. On the Twentieth Century wrapped up its run as a sellout and Hamilton debuted as a sellout, taking in nearly $1.3 million for seven performances. Tony champs Fun Home ($817,000; a staggering amount for that tiny theater) and Curious Incident ($920,000) continue to climb. Amazing Grace was up to 74.6% attendance, but the $46 average ticket price indicates lots of comps for the opening, plus discounting and papering galore. Stalwarts The Lion King and Wicked had nine-performance weeks and each grossed over $2 million.
Sellouts: Aladdin, Fun Home, Hamilton, Mamma Mia!, On the Twentieth Century, The Book of MormonJuly 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm #434800
Darren Criss ended his run as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch with a grand total of $5,783,741 over 12 weeks. Is that good? I don’t follow box office numbers closely enoughJuly 20, 2015 at 12:55 pm #434801
Criss’s run certainly didn’t gross as highly as most of his predecessors, but that show probably has such a low running cost that I’m sure it was still profitable. I’ll be interested to see how Taye Diggs goes over in the role. He may have to cross a picket line of Idina fans, lol.July 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm #434802
Most shows were down last week as the summer blahs set in. Hamilton scored again, taking in $1.3 million for seven perfs. Taye Diggs’ first week as Hedwig netted a so-so $405,000, well-down from Criss’ last week, but still had a 92.3% attendance, so there could have been some press comps, etc. Amazing Grace plummeted to 56.4% attendance and a gross of $298,000 in its first post-opening week. Wonder how deep the producers’ pockets are? Wicked and The Lion King went back to eight-perf weeks, but both still grossed over $2 million.
Sellouts: Aladdin, Fun Home, Hamilton, Mamma Mia!, Matilda, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King
Lowest attendance: On the Town (54.7%)
Lowest gross: Amazing Grace ($297,904), also lowest average ticket ($56.82)
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