A very busy fall season continues apace with the first week of previews for Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance setting a house record at the Shubert-owned Golden Theatre. Staged by Pamela MacKinnon and also starring Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton, the Scott Rudin production took in $884,600 — more than $150K above the previous record holder, the 2010 Driving Miss Daisy revival that starred Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. The Albee show went SRO, and the gross was 102.25% of potential. The limited run opens November 20.
Overall box office was steady, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League, with a total of $25.8 million for 32 shows. The week featured two openings: Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer winner Disgraced, garnering strong notices, and The Last Ship, the musical whose songs won acclaim for Sting, making his Broadway debut as composer-lyricist.
The revival of the Leonard Bernstein/Comden & Green On The Town showed signs that great notices were working at the Lyric Theatre box office, with receipts up $141.400 but still under 50% of potential for the 1,874-seat house. Lavishly praised National Theatre import The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time continues to gather momentum, grossing $871,300, 91% of potential, and filling nearly all the seats at the Ethel Barrymore. It’s Only A Play again broke the house record at the Schoenfeld, taking in just shy of $1.4 million, with a nonmusical average ticket high of $158.55. The Book of Mormon had, as usual, the highest average ticket cost, $183.95.