It was a slightly down week on Broadway, but you wouldn’t have known it at the musicals blessed with nominations by the Tony gods. With its record 16 noms, already sold-out Hamilton still managed to eke out a bump of $14K and change, taking in a bit over $1.83 million at the Nederlander organization’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. That’s nearly 40% above potential as Hamilton hugs the rail in the season homestretch.
All the challengers for Best Musical improved as well: Shuffle Along etc., aboard exemplary reviews at the Shubert Organization’s Music Box, was up $216K to $924.4K, or 88% of potential. Waitress, Sara Bareilles’ freshman effort, also critically blessed, gained $52.5K at the Nederlanders’ Brooks Atkinson, tallying $960.5K, or 94% of potential and SRO houses. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock bounced $186.8K to $816.8K, just shy of 54% of potential at the Shuberts’ Winter Garden, while Bright Star rose $47K at the Shuberts’ Cort as audiences warm to Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s bluegrass tuner.
Musical revival contenders benefited as well: The Color Purple, at the Shuberts’ Jacobs, jumped $88K, taking in $967.3K with full houses. She Loves Me, at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, inched up $9K to $620K, 69% of potential. The anomaly was Fiddler on the Roof, at the Shuberts’ Broadway, which dropped $100K to $754.3K, just 48.6% of potential.
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Among the new non-musicals looking for medallions on June 12, Eclipsed, at the Shuberts’ Golden, was up a healthy $60K to $329.3K, though still undernourished at 41.8% of potential. The Humans, at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes, was up $19.8K to $432.7K, just shy of 75% of potential. Best Play Revival contender Long Day’s Journey Into Night, at the Roundabout’s American Airlines, was up $89K to $433.6K with full houses seeing the stellar cast led by Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne. Among the play nominees in both categories, The Father, at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman; Blackbird at the Shuberts’ Belasco; and The Crucible, at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr, all were off from the previous week.
Broadway’s total gross before standard deductions was $27.58 million for 37 shows during Week 50 of the 2015-16 season. According to figures released by the trade group Broadway League, that figure is down 3% from the week before (but up 4% over the same week a year ago). The highest average ticket price was Hamilton‘s $170.49.
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