UPDATE: Tony Winner (for best performance by a leading actress in a play) Audra McDonald has again extended her stay in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Circle In The Square. The record-holding six-time Tony winner will take a vacation the first week of September and then return to the show from September 9-21.
Meanwhile, Broadway took a major box office slam last week during the July Fourth holiday. Total gross for 30 shows was $25,117,615, down from $29,774,659 the week before for 33 shows, according to the Broadway League trade group.
The $100,000-Plus Club of losers included Cinderella (off a whopping $268,599 from the week before and playing to two-thirds-full houses at the Broadway Theatre); Bullets Over Broadway, down $110,621 from the week before and grossing just 33% of its potential); Kinky Boots, down $145,498; Motown: The Musical, off $158,835, and Wicked, off $119,506 while still earning 118% of its gross potential.
Shows still struggling to attract summer audiences were Holler If Ya Hear Me, continuing its spiral $144,773 and under 16% of potential; Once, continuing its slide to under 50% of potential; Rocky, taking in about half its $1.26 million potential at the Winter Garden, and Violet, playing three-quarter houses at the American Airlines but showing just $247,921 at the till, or 37% of potential.
Disney’s The Lion King remained top-grossing show, at $2,066,169, with Wicked nipping at its heels with $1.988,092.