UPDATE, 3 PM: Fixes gross, number of previews, for Something Rotten, below.
Twelve shows were in previews last week and one departed on a high note: Roundabout Theatre Company’s revived revival (so glad I won’t have to type that anymore, but still…) of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s memorable Cabaret ended its run at Studio 54 after delivering so many goodies, not the least of which were the final two Sally Bowles’ essayed by Emma Stone and Sienna Miller; the unforgettable and ever-deepening pairing of Linda Emond and Danny Burstein as Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz; and most of all the inexhaustible and always frisky Alan Cumming as the Emcee. Yes it’s good to make way for the new, but rarely has guest casting proven to be such a windfall.
Down to business: Doctor Zhivago began its epic journey at the Shuberts’ Broadway Theatre, taking in $291K for three previews, about 60% of potential and filling 89% of the theater’s 1,478 seats. Average ticket price was $74.02. The Vanessa Hudgens-powered Gigi, at the Nederlanders’ Neil Simon, took in $484K for seven previews, 41% of potential and just shy of 80% of capacity, at an average ticket price of $65.33. At Jujamcyn’s St. James, Something Rotten ran seven previews and rang up $364K, 68% of potential but filling every seat at an average ticket price of $35.30 (attention shoppers!). (That show’s numbers were somewhat complicated by the fact that the St. James’ second balcony was roped off during the latter part of the week, shrinking its reported capacity during four previews to 1,346 from 1,672. Neat trick.)
Stephen Daldry’s highly anticipated revival of David Hare’s Skylight has begun at the Shuberts’ Golden with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, posting $619K for eight previews, 77% of potential and just shy of SRO, with an average ticket price of $99.55. Other newcomers you want to know about: Hand To God improved a bit through eight previews at the Booth, taking in $235K and filling 86% of the Shubert-owned house’s 782 seats. The knockout Fun Home, a transfer from the Public, began performances at Circle In The Square, taking in $218K and filling all 702 seats at an average tab of $77.43. Finding Neverland continued previews at the Lunt-Fontanne, taking in just over $1 million for the second week in a row, with an average ticket price of $93.39. And the Royal Shakespeare Company’s two-part Wolf Hall, at the Winter Garden, grossed $887K, a bit over 64% of potential and averaging $99.91 per ticket.
For Week 44 of the season, which ended Sunday, total box office for 35 shows was $28 million, a 6% jump from the previous week, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Disney’s The Lion King was the top-grossing show, at $2 million at the Minskoff. Larry David’s Fish In The Dark, at the Cort, was the toughest ticket, nailing $1.2 million and beating its potential by a Street-leading 15%-plus, with an average ticket price of $137.62.