Vanessa Hudgens departed quietly, after a game but losing run in the title role of Gigi, where even a $101K spike in the final week only lifted receipts at the Nederlander-owned Neil Simon Theatre to 46% of gross potential. Two more stars, Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, closed out their run in the best play revival Tony winner Skylight on a higher note, breaking the house record at the Shubert-owned Golden during its final week. The David Hare revival took in just shy of $928K, or 109% of its potential, filling every available roost in the 802-seat theater.
There wasn’t much else to boast about, as the overall box office for Week 4 of the season remained flat, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Total receipts for 30 shows was $28.5 million, as opposed to the previous week’s tally of $28.4 million. It was another great week for Disney, whose two shows accounted for nearly 10% of the total: Aladdin in the flagship New Amsterdam, registering $1.6 million and SRO, and The Lion King, at Nederlander’s Minskoff, with almost $2.2 million and both shows up over the week before.
Finding Neverland showed some weakness at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne, down $41K but still coming in at $1.1 million and 77% of potential. Jim Parsons continued pulling in fans of The Big Bang Theory, or God, or both, with An Act Of God ringing up $890K at the Roundabout-owned Studio 54. Darren Criss is doing well with Hedwig And The Angry Inch, which was up $22.8K at the Shuberts’ Belasco, to a profitable $479K, or 65% of potential.
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Helen Mirren’s media ubiquity double-promoting The Audience and the film Woman In Gold continues to pay off handsomely at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld, where the Peter Morgan play continues its smash run, taking in $1.2 million — 114% of its potential. Tony best musical winner Fun Home had a nice bump of $28K to $745K, 98% of potential and overfull seats at 740-seat Circle In The Square. Hand To God also got a rise, of $26K at the Shuberts’ Booth, to $415K or 62% of its potential. An American In Paris continued to climb at the Nederlanders’ Palace, to $1.44 million, a $41K hike over last week.
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Top average ticket price for a musical was $173.44 for The Book Of Mormon; for a play, $158.48 for The Audience. Soon we’ll have two kinds of magic back on the street as rehearsals for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton got underway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and Penn & Teller aimed for their summer run at the Marquis.
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