UPDATE, 11 PM with corrected figures and more information throughout: With 13 shows in pre-Tony-deadline previews, one opening (Skylight) and one closing (Honeymoon In Vegas), the Broadway box office rose significantly over the combo Easter and Passover weekend, with the week ending Sunday grossing $29.5 million for 36 shows, compared with $28 million for 35 shows the week before, a 5% increase. The average ticket price hit triple digits at $100.40, up from $98.45 last week.
Among the notables in Week 45 of the season: Honeymoon In Vegas failed to generate the usual last-minute bump most shows get in their final week, falling $2,610 to less than 32% of its gross potential; it shuttered Sunday at the Nederlander Theatre after suffering losses exceeding $100,000 almost every week since previews began. Two big new musicals competing for attention — Finding Neverland and Something Rotten! — continued to improve during previews, to 79% and 55% of gross potential, respectively. But at just under $100, Neverland claimed double the average ticket price of Rotten.
The week’s lone official opening, Skylight, the David Hare revival starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, bowed at the Shubert-owned Golden to raves, though it is coming up a bit short of gross potential according to data compiled by the trade group Broadway League.
In 'Skylight', Bill Nighy & Carey Mulligan Spark And Smolder In David Hare Revival
The Visit, the Chita Rivera and Roger Rees starrer by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Terrence McNally, had its first eight previews and took in $215K at the Shuberts’ Lyceum Theatre, 28% of its potential and filling 72% of the seats. The praised revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer winner The Heidi Chronicles, with Elisabeth Moss in the title role, continued to struggle, dropping $60K from the week before and playing to less than half-filled houses at the Shuberts’ Music Box.
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Among the season newcomers, the SROs continued to be Fish In The Dark ($1.2 million, 115% of potential) and The Audience ($1.14 million, 198% of potential). The Book Of Mormon continues to command the highest average ticket price, at $173.42.
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