Cirque Du Soleil’s first made-for-Broadway venture, Paramour, launched the 2016-2017 season last week with a post-opening boost of $219K over Week 52 (notwithstanding a slew of downbeat reviews), ringing up $1.127M at the 1,896-seat Lyric Theatre box office. With the June 12 Tony Awards looming, the Street was up some $2 million over the same week a year ago. Credit ongoing blockbusters including Disney’s unbeatable Lion King ($2 million at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre); Wicked ($1.74 million at the Nederlanders’ Gershwin) and The Book of Mormon ($1.35 million at Jujamcyn’s O’Neill).
And of course there’s Hamilton, which hit $1.9 million at the Nederlanders’ Richard Rodgers — 43% above its listed potential and with a street-leading average ticket price of $178.38. Other shows seeing improvements, if somewhat more modest in nature, were Shuffle Along, at the Shubert Organization’s Music Box, up $36K and playing to full houses, and Waitress, at the Nederlanders’ Brooks Atkinson, up $18K — to pass the $1 million mark by a few bucks — also playing to full houses.
Week 1 of the new season sold $28.7 million worth of tickets to 37 shows, down $136.2K from the previous week.