UPDATE: Corrects Penn & Teller figures below.
The tall talky one and the short silent one headed back to Vegas after a well-received run at the Nederlanders’ Marquis Theatre, with Penn & Teller jumping $133.6K to a $1.5 million gate and wowza average ticket price of $165.52. As expected, Hamilton soared too; now that most of the opening-week freebies have gone, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Revolutionary rap biotuner rang up $1.46 million at the Nederlanders’ Richard Rodgers, a $204K bounce from the previous week and an impressive 109% of gross potential. Tickets for the sold-out show averaged $136.31 — and that includes the “Ham4Ham” lottery in which a couple of dozen ducats go for 10 bucks at every performance.
With the dog days upon us, the Broadway box office was quiet. Both The New York Times and the Daily News seemed preoccupied with the influx of naked painted women roaming the Theatre District along with the marauding Elmos and Cookie Monsters (the News was con on the subject; the Times, sociologically neutralish). Finding Neverland dipped below the Magic Million Dollar mark, down $70K to $988K at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne. But it has nothing to worry about at the moment; the trend ran pretty the same much around the Street: Matilda was off $107K at the Shubert; An American In Paris was off $69.8K at the Nederlanders’ Palace; Kinky Boots was down $23.5K at Jujamcyn’s Al Hirschfeld; and The King And I was down $47.5K at Lincoln Center Theater’s Beaumont, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League.
The Book Of Mormon returned to first place in average price paid per ticket ($166.70), edging out both Penn & Teller and The Lion King‘s $164.92. It’s worth noting that, for the moment, there are exactly two nonmusicals running on Broadway: Frisky Hand To God and ingenious The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
Overall box office for Week 12 of the 2015-16 season was down 7% for 25 shows, to $24.6 million. Attendance for the season-to-date is down 1.5% over last year. But the fall promises a higher-than-usual crunch of openings and lots of stars (among them Bruce Willis, Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson) to plump the numbers.