UPDATE: 1:20 PM with more information
With three blockbuster musicals — Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King, along with Wicked — adding a ninth sold-out performance, and tourists paying top dollar for family-oriented plays and musicals, Broadway had a whopper of a week, with several house records going by the wayside. The total take was just over $40.8 million in ticket sales, a 30% increase over the previous, season-spiked week. Audience was up as well, to 92% of capacity for 36 shows.
Wicked led the pack in gains, jumping $917K including that extra performance, to $2.9 million at the Nederlander-operated Gershwin Theatre. Aladdin broke the house record at at Disney’s flagship New Amsterdam for the fourth time, jumping $379K to $1.99 million. The Lion King, at Nederlander’s Minskoff Theatre, held its place as Broadway’s top-grossing show of the year, jumping $685K to $2.9 million.
On the non-musical side, the $3.1 million Bradley Cooper-starring revival of The Elephant Man recouped after less than seven weeks and broke the house record at Shubert’s Booth Theatre with a tally of $1.06 million. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, at the Shuberts’ Barrymore, jumped $223K to $1 million. Jake Gyllenhaal began previews in Constellations at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman Theatre and got off to a healthy start with 90% of the seats filled and a $348K take at the subscription house. Sister Maggie Gyllenhaal didn’t have such a good week; the co-star of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing was one of three shows that were down at the box office. She was in good company, as the other plays that didn’t reap benefits of the tourist influx were the Glenn Close and John Lithgow-led revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, at the Shubert-owned Golden, and the Hugh Jackman starrer The River, at Paul Libin’s Circle In The Square. The Real Thing dropped $12K to $434; Balance was off $65K to $640K and The River was down $13K to $772K. All told, it was a great week for producers … and a fabulous week for Broadway landlords.