Well, Buffalo in the metaphoric sense. Week 2 of the 2015-2016 Broadway season included the 69th Annual Tony Awards (congrats to the winners, hankies to the losers) and saw the curtain fall on It’s Only A Play, the Terrence McNally comedy revival starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and a royal flush of stars in one of the past season’s biggest hits (and biggest surprises). The week also saw the final performance by Larry David in his Broadway debut as star and playwright of Fish In The Dark. Starting tomorrow, his replacement is Jason Alexander, who you may have heard of.
In the coming week, Broadway fisheyes will focus on the Shubert-owned Cort Theatre, home to Fish In The Dark, to see whether Alexander can bait the crowds as well as his predecessor. As the ads say, no pressure there. Fish broke another box office record during David’s valedictory week, scoring $1.25 million in tickets, a cunning 120% of its gross potential, with an average ticket price of $142.98. Only Helen Mirren drew a higher-paying crowd, over at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld Theatre, where The Audience took in $1.1 million, 106.3% of capacity and an average ticket price of $148.60.
Up at Studio 54, Jim Parsons scored brilliant reviews in An Act Of God (though not here), with the expected jump at the box office, winging it to $844K, a $150K improvement over the previous week, with a $120 average ticket. That amounted to 84% of its $1 million gross potential.
As for the big Tony winners: Best Musical Fun Home filled the Circle In The Square to more than capacity and was up $24K to $653K, 88% of its $745 potential. Best Musical Revival The King And I, at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont, was SRO, taking in $1.1 million and a kingly $132.54 average ticket price.
Best Play winner The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time also was up, at the Shuberts’ Barrymore, taking in $800K or 82% of its potential and filling 97% of the theater’s 1,018 seats. Best Play Revival winner Skylight, at the Shuberts’ Golden, was full-house all the way, selling $831.7K worth of tickets, 97% of its gross potential, with another high average ticket price of $129.63.
An American In Paris continues to rock the Nederlanders’ Palace, selling $1.37 million worth of tickets and filling the famed house. Finding Neverland, at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne, continues in the millionaires’ club, selling $1.1 million worth of tickets. Something Rotten!, at Jujamcyn’s St. James, also topped the million-dollar mark.
The week’s top grossing shows, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League, were Disney’s The Lion King ($1.96 million); Wicked ($1.74 million, Disney’s Aladdin ($1.5 million) and The Book Of Mormon ($1.48 million).
Overall, the Broadway box office was up 3% from the week before, to $27.7 million for 33 shows.