With gratis national-TV plugs from the likes of tennis god Roger Federer, it’s not surprising that the Hamilton phenom just keeps growing more, you know, phenomenal. (In a post-match interview at the U.S. Open last week, Federer said he’d seen Hamilton the night before and pronounced the show “absolutely fantastic.”) While all of Broadway had a slight bounce in week 15 of the 2015-2016 season, Hamilton took in $1.7 million at the Nederlander-owned Richard Rodgers Theatre, a $148K bolt over the previous week and a history-worthy 27 percent above its $1.33 million gross potential. Average ticket price paid for the show was $158.52, second only to The Book Of Mormon‘s $172.57.
There were a few other shows running as well. Among the big gainers: Beautiful The Carole King Musical, at the Roundabout’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre, upticked $129K to $1 million. Kinky Boots, at Jujamcyn’s Al Hirschfeld, kicked up $175K to $975K; Mormon, at Jujamcyn’s Eugene O’Neill, was up $88K to $1.5 million. It wasn’t such a great week for Finding Neverland, off $74K at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne (Federer took his family to that Harvey Weinstein-produced musical as well, saying he, his wife and daughters loved it and adding “I cried my eyes out”); Matilda, down $903K at the Shubert, and The Lion King, down $94K at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff (where it still took in $1.7 million and was at 106 percent of gross potential, so no tears there).
Total box office draw for 24 shows, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League, was $22.2 million, up $456K from the week before, a 2 percent bump. It was the final week for the fine revival of On The Town, which went out on a high kick with guest star Misty Copeland and a $41K leap at the Lyric Theatre box office.