Penn & Teller haven’t been on Broadway since 1991, and their limited-run return is getting lots of love from audiences and critics of the anti-b.s.-crusading illusionists. In the first of their six weeks at the Nederlander-run Marquis Theatre, they took in $1 million for seven previews and one performance. That’s 62% of gross potential ($1.7 million) and translates into 79% of the theater’s 1,634 seats across all performances, with an average paid price of $114.64. Watch for all of those figures to rise next week on the wave of mostly upbeat reviews published earlier today.
The Street regained about half its losses from the sluggish week before, with most shows registering modest gains. Newcomer Amazing Grace, at the Nedelander, bumped up $90K to $291.3K, reflecting rising interest in the musical about the creation of the beloved song and filling almost two-thirds of the theater in its second week of previews before its opening later this week. Tony Best Musical winner Fun Home continues to sell out independently owned Circle in the Square, and average ticket price is a reasonable but healthy $127.80.
Disney’s The Lion King took in $2.3 million at the Nederlander’s Minskoff and registered the district’s top average price per ticket, at $170.32 — edging out usual topper The Book Of Mormon at Jujamcyn’s Eugene O’Neill, still no slouch at $165.91. Both shows, along with Fun Home, Aladdin, The King And I and Matilda, were SRO.
Total grosses for Week 7 of the Broadway season were $26.3 million for 28 shows, up 6% from the week before, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Total receipts for the season to date were $190.7 million, down 3% from the previous season, with attendance down nearly 5%.