Seven Broadway shows registered $200K-plus increases during the holiday week over the previous stand, leadng to an overall rebound of 16% as a couple of house records fell and newer entries began showing strength.
Perennial draw Wicked led the pack, taking in $1.8 million at the Gershwin, an increase just shy of $400K from the week before, according to figures released today by the trade group Broadway League (a day later than usual, per the holiday). Disney’s Aladdin broke its own house record at the New Amsterdam, tallying $1.6 million, up almost $300K. Beautiful, at the Sondheim, also broke a house record, jumping $132K over the week before to $1.4 million.
The other top gainers were Matilda, up $379K to $1.1 million at the Shubert; The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, up $268K to $770K at the Barrymore; Kinky Boots, up $220K to $1.4 million at the Hirschfeld; If/Then, up $285K to $741K at the Richard Rodgers; and Cinderella, up $273K to $761K at the Broadway.
It’s Only A Play was off slightly due to comps but still was doing better than SRO at the Schoenfeld in the follow-up to strong reviews. Mia Farrow’s final week in Love Letters saw that show rebound by $125K to $340G as Carol Burnett prepared to face off against Brian Dennehy in the two-hander. The week also noted the closing notice for Once, which will shutter at the Jacobs come year’s end.
Total box office was $27.06 million for 31 shows, a 16% increase from the previous week’s $23.35 million. Attendance was up 16,346 over the previous week, a 6.7% uptick.