Broadway’s box office climbed a bit with the summer temperatures during Week 8 (ending July 17) of the 2016-17 season, with gross ticket sales for 30 shows hitting $27,125,138, up from last week’s $25M for 29 productions. Helping the Street claw its way upward was the Shubert/Nederlander revival of Cats, playing four previews at Nederlander’s Neil Simon Theatre, grossing $603,553 from 5,135 attendees who filled 94% of the house.
Cats, directed by Trevor Nunn, is choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton).
Another newcomer, a revival of Motown The Musical, got off to a much slower start at the Nederlander, with ticket sales of $424,198 for eight preview performances, a small 37% of its gross potential.
In all, Broadway attendance for Week 8 was 257,711, up a tad more than 22,000 from last week. (All numbers provided by the Broadway League).
The usual line-up of sold-out (or virtually so) shows included Hamilton at Nederlander’s Richard Rodgers, grossing $2,282,207; Shuffle Along at the Shubert Organization’s Music Box ($835,420); The Book of Mormon at Jujamcyn’s O’Neill ($1,486,802); The Humans at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes ($553,052); The Lion King at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff ($2,513,984); and Waitress at the Nederlanders’ Brooks Atkinson ($1,068,393). Lion King, Hamilton and Mormon each added a ninth performance for the tourist-heavy week.
Season to date, Broadway has taken in $219,378,075, with a total attendance of 2,140,021. The dollar figure is up 15% from last year’s $191M, while the attendance number marks an 18% increase from last year’s 1.8M.