The dog days of summer have been sparked by July’s rare Broadway arrival of a new show with hit written all over it: Still in previews before its August 6 official bow, Hamilton continues to rock the box office at the Nederlander-owned Richard Rodgers Theatre. For the week ending Sunday, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical registered $1.3 million in sales, up $14K from the previous week, with an average ticket price of $140.21. That take represented 112% of the musical’s $1.2 million gross potential, and every seat was spoken for.
According to figures released by the trade group Broadway League, two shows rang up over $2 million in sales, providing more good news for the Nederlander family, where both The Lion King ($2.4 million at the Minskoff; $177.49 — the street-high — top average ticket price) and Wicked ($2 million at the Gershwin; $131 average ticket price) are running. Close on their heels were Aladdin ($1.83 million at Disney’s New Amsterdam); The Book Of Mormon ($1.5 million at Jujamcyn’s Eugene O’Neill; $172.05 average ticket price) and An American In Paris ($1.43 at the Nederlanders’ Palace; $111.51 average ticket price.)
Taye Diggs began his run in the title role of Hedwig And The Angry Inch at the Shuberts’ Belasco with a gentle-immersion six-performance week and taking in $405K. Newcomer Amazing Grace continued to struggle at the Nederlander, where the musical about the song took in $298K, 27% of gross potential and not enough to cover running costs; the average price per ticket was just $56.82. Larry David’s Fish In The Dark continued to slow down sans Larry David, off $185K from the week before at the Cort to $717K, 69% of gross potential. Average price per ticket for the comedy was $92.92 and 90% of the seats were filled.
Total gross for 28 shows during week 9 of the 2015-2016 season was $28.05 million, down 5% from the week before.