Family shows were the name of the game during Week 42 of the Broadway season, with big gains for Aladdin (up $246K over the previous week), Fiddler On The Roof (up $87K), Matilda (up $137K), School Of Rock (up $170.8K), Something Rotten! (up $132.6K), The King And I (up $163.5K), The Lion King (up $247.5K) and Wicked (up $325.5K).
The PG musicals did well too: An American In Paris was up $152.5K; Beautiful The Carole King Musical was up $96.2K, Fun Home was up $86K, Kinky Boots was up $182.8K, On Your Feet! was up $90.7K, The Phantom Of The Opera was up $171.2K. Whatever category you want to put The Book Of Mormon in, that show was up $75K. Hamilton, being sui generis, gets its own category; it was down a bit but at $1.76 million, it still was the Street’s highest-grossing show, taking in 32 percent above its alleged potential and posting the highest average ticket price, $163.50.
Speaking of average ticket prices, the overall figure of $95.02 was actually down 7 percent from a year ago, which I would cite as a good thing, though it doesn’t account for the difference in the number of musicals versus non-musicals that were running in each season. Still, anything that looks to make Broadway more affordable is a fine with me.
Two shows opened last week: the jukebox-musical-slash-disaster-flick-spoof Disaster! and the Jeff Daniels/Michelle Williams drama Blackbird. She Loves Me, Bright Star and The Crucible are in previews, with more to come.
Total revenue for Week 42 was $23.7 million for 31 shows, a 15% hike above Week 41, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League, and 3% over the same week a year ago.