Broadway ticket sales continued their usual end-of-summer downward trend and a couple of legendary rockers departed during Week 16 of the 2015-2016 Broadway season, which ended Sunday. Mamma Mia! which opened in October 2001 at the Shubert-owned Winter Garden Theatre and moved to the Shuberts’ smaller Broadhurst 12 years later, closed Sunday, having taken in more than $620 million on Broadway alone. A more recent hit, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, at the Shuberts’ Belasco, also closed Sunday, topping out its $50-million 15-month run with full houses and a $178K uptick, to $625K, in its final stand.
Deaf West’s celebrated revival of Spring Awakening began its 20-week Broadway run with eight previews at the Nederlander Organization’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, taking in $449K, 45 percent of its $1 million potential and filling 83 percent of the seats. The show opens September 27 and is slated to run through the turn of the year.
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In the rest of the Broadway universe, several big shows took sizable hits: Disney’s Aladdin was off $144K at the New Amsterdam; Finding Neverland tumbled $120K to $806K at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne, hitting 55 percent of its $1.5 million potential; Hamilton dropped $135K while still managing to ring up $1.6 million — 17 percent above its $1.3 million potential. Kinky Boots, at Jujamcyn’s Al Hirschfeld, was down $97K to $879K, 66 percent of potential.
Overall take for 24 shows was $21.4 million, down 4 percent from the week before, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Attendance, however, was up 2 percent to 213,253. Translation: more people came and paid less: The average ticket price across all Broadway shows last week was $100.31 — more than $6 less than the week before, when the average price per ticket was $106.50.
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