UPDATE Wednesday PM: Corrects Les Misérables run to 30 months (not 18).
Cameron Mackintosh‘s second, scaled-down revival of Les Misérables ended a 30-month run with overflow crowds and coin-heavy cash registers Sunday. The musical took in $1.33 million at the Shubert Organization’s Imperial Theatre, a sweet $246.5K boost over the previous week and 13 percent above so-called gross potential, with an average ticket tariff of $118.34.
Two other shows bid farewell to the Street last week with similar send-offs: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, at the Shuberts’ Ethel Barrymore, bounced $146K to $678K and near-capacity crowds. And the return engagement of An Act Of God, with Sean Hayes taking over the Deity role created last year by Jim Parsons, ascended $77.7K at the Shuberts’ Booth, where it never quite caught fire the second time around.
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Holiday Inn (or Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical, as it’s dubbed) began previews at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 with four performance; the Goodspeed Opera House import from the Northern climes (well, Connecticut) opens October 6.
The Labor Day week provided a boon to several shows: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, at the Roundabout’s Stephen Sondheim, was up $127K to $876.5K, 87 percent of potential. Cats redux, at the Nederlander Organization’s Neil Simon, added$96.7K to the till, coming in just shy of $1 million. Andrew Lloyd Webber had a fine week overall as School of Rock, at the Shuberts’ Winter Garden, bounced $116K back into the million-dollar club; even The Phantom of The Opera was up a bit as well, to $823K at the Shuberts’ Majestic.
Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour returned to a regular performance schedule after a brief break to put in changes; it took in $891K for seven performances at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric, Broadway’s biggest house, with an average ticket price of $87.18.
The $2 million club was a lonely place, with just Hamilton, at the Nederlanders’ Richard Rodgers banking $2.1 million and the Street high average of $194.55 per ticket. At $1.87 million, Disney’s The Lion King at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff, wasn’t far behind.
Week 15 of the 2016-2017 Broadway season rang up $23.23 million in ticket sales for 26 shows, a bump of 8 percent over Week 14, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. That was also a healthy 4 percent above the same week a year ago. Season-to-date, however, is showing a modest decrease of 1.9 percent in grosses and 1.4 percent in attendance as the fall season shifts into gear.
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