Finding Neverland, whose well-chronicled journey from 2004 Miramax meller to Harvey Weinstein-produced Broadway musical provided as much entertainment off-stage as on, closed up shop on Sunday after 598 performances (including previews) at the Nederlander Organization’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
The send-off came with a $91.7K bump, to $720.6K, yet still fell short by more than 50 percent of its gross potential, another indication that the Peter Pan prequel won’t have come anywhere near recouping the cost of producing it. In May, Weinstein told Deadline that the show had returned 60% of its $15.2 million capitalization, and the freshman lead producer insisted that his investors will be made whole, and then some, by the touring productions slated to get underway in October.
The departure paves the way for the Lunt-Fontanne’s next major tenant, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which was staged in London by Sam Mendes (whose Neal Street Productions is co-producing with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Langley Park Productions) but comes to New York with revisions and a new director, Jack O’Brien.
Week 13 of the 2016-2017 Broadway season was as torpid as the mid-August weather, with several family-aimed shows posting significant drops: Wicked, at the Nederlanders’ Gershwin, was down $204K to $1.56 million. Disney’s The Lion King, at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff, was down $186K and Aladdin, at the Mouse’s New Amsterdam flagship, was off $102K, to $1.56 million. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s trio all fell: Cats, at the Nederlanders’ Neil Simon, dropped off $24.6K to $1 million; School Of Rock, at the Shubert Organization’s Winter Garden, was off $109.5 million, to $1 million, and The Phantom Of The Opera, at the Shuberts’ Majestic, was down $106.5K to $893K. Tony winning drama The Humans was off $100K in its second week at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld (having moved over from the smaller Helen Hayes).
Total Broadway box office take was $23 million for 26 shows, off $1.4, or 6 percent, from Week 12. Average ticket price also was down from the week before, to $103.34 from $105.36. The top average ticket price was $192.07, for Hamilton.
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