Broadway box office wilted by about 3% to $21.7M during last week’s dog days, with only a few shows breezing through the summer heat. The arrival of ballet star Misty Copeland to On The Town, in her Broadway debut, sent the show’s box office leaping over its previous week by $519K for a total of $914K. That’s still just about 51% of gross $1.8M potential but a big show of confidence for the star. Hamilton continued its winning streak, boosting its take by $92K to $1.5M, or 116% of gross potential. Beautiful, though only at 70% of potential, saw an uptick of $15K to $902K.
Les Miserables was up by $13K to $754K in what would turn out to be the tragic, final week for its young history-making star Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the 21-year-old actor who fell to his death from a Brooklyn fire escape Friday night. Jean-Baptiste was set to join The Color Purple in September.
Box office at Amazing Grace at the Nederlander and Hand To God was more than sluggish, with the former taking only 26% of potential at $287K and the latter with $245K, at only 39%. Hedwig And The Angry Inch at the Shuberts’ Belasco was down $15K to $395K, and Jersey Boys at the August Wilson was off $50K, hitting only 46% of potential with $529K.
Other than Hamilton, only The Book Of Mormon at the Eugene O’Neill, Fun Home at Circle in the Square and Mama Mia! at the Broadhurst were at, virtually or otherwise, SRO.
Overall box office for Week 14 of the 2015-2016 Broadway season was down 3.2% to $21.7 million for 24 shows, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Attendance was down 2.3% to 206,895. Average paid admission for the week was $105.06.
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