A Bronx Tale, boasting more bold-face names behind the scenes than on the stage, got off to a cheery start last week on Broadway. Chazz Palminteri’s late-’80s solo show has morphed into a full-blown musical, with a score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, book by Palminteri and a producing team that includes Robert De Niro (who directed and starred in the 1993 film) & Jane Rosenthal, music mogul Tommy Mottola, along with the Dodgers and John N. Hart & Charles Stone. Jerry Zaks, who staged the 2007 Broadway premiere, repeats (he also has Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler coming up in the spring). The show took in $325K over three previews at the Shubert Organization’s Longacre Theatre, posting 91 percent of its gross potential and playing to near-full houses. The tune-up ends with the official December 1 opening.
In a generally flat Week 24 of the 2016-17 season, newcomers were doing well: A revival of William Finn and James Lapine’s Falsettos, at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Walter Kerr, was up $107.6K following a rave from The New York Times‘ Charles Isherwood (a bit more muted here) to $600.2K, 64 percent of potential. Another revival, of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer, was up $82K to $658K at the Shuberts’ Booth, 77 percent of potential. The Front Page, at the Shuberts’ Broadhurst, continued its upward climb, gaining $40K and hitting $1.28 million, with an average ticket price of $134.04.
On the other side of the ledger, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats revival, at the Nederlander Organization’s Neil Simon, was down $97.7K to $717.8K — half its potential — while playing to houses about two-thirds full. Cirque du Soleli’s Paramour, at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric, tumbled $120.5K to $885K, with an average ticket price of $80.58 and three-quarters-full houses.
Overall ticket sales — boosted in part by My Love Letter to Broadway, Kristin Chenoweth’s concert specials at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne ($851.7K for six performances) — totaled $25.38 million for 31 shows. That marked a gain of $185K, just shy of 1 percent, over the week before, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League.