All but two of Broadway’s 25 offerings last week were down from the January doldrums of the week before, with five shows canceling Monday performances in light of the dire storm predictions and many others struggling to lure intrepid theatergoers with steep discounts during the days that followed. Constellations, the Nick Payne two-hander with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, was up $8,907 at the Friedman, which is the Broadway flagship of nonprofit Manhattan Theatre Club. At 650 seats, it’s one of Broadway’s smaller houses, and played to near-capacity, taking in $508K. And while the juggernaut that was It’s Only A Play has quieted to a simmer since the fall, Martin Short (who replaced Nathan Lane) saw his gate rise $51,381 at the Jacobs, where the Terrence McNally revival played to houses two-thirds full.
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Among the hardest hit were shows on or near life support, including Honeymoon In Vegas (32% of gross potential, at $369K) and On The Town (27% of potential, at $491K). Total gross for Week 36 of the season was $17.5 million, down from $21.3 million the week before, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. On the bright side, that’s still nearly 14% for the season-to-date over the same time last year ($963.9 million versus $848 million in 2014).
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