UPDATE 9/11: Updates information about Hedwig gross, below:
Any question about the drawing power of Neil Patrick Harris was put to rest with the release of Broadway’s latest box office tally. In the first week since Harris’ departure from the Tony Award-winning Hedwig And The Angry Inch, receipts dropped a whopping 43%, according to figures released Monday by the trade group Broadway League.
The falloff was $491,165 from the week before, to $648,738. Average ticket price for the show also plummeted, to $105.06 from $158.83, a 34% shearing job. The revival, which already has recouped, is still well into profit at the Belasco Theatre.
Other shows heading into fall on wobbly legs are Cinderella, which was off $132,570 to $609,004 at the Broadway Theatre, and Once, off $27,724 to $425,535 at the Jacobs. They were at 38% and 46% of gross potential, respectively.
Overall, the week was better — but not by much. Total box office receipts for 25 shows was $22.8 million, down just under 10% from the week before. The short run of Woody Allen’s costly flop Bullets Over Broadway, and the longer one of Disney’s surprise hit Newsies both came to an end on Sunday. Part of the total drop was due to the return to eight performances for both The Book Of Mormon and Wicked, after nine-performance stands.