Following its sold-out and critically acclaimed run last spring at off-Broadway’s Second Stage, Dear Evan Hansen took off in its first week of Broadway previews. The musical — about the impact of a teen’s suicide and a note mistaken for his last words, on another troubled boy — played seven performances the Shubert Organization’s Music Box Theatre and rang up $804K in sales. Nearly all 984 seats were filled at each preview, scoring 91 per cent of its gross potential at an average ticket price of $119.05. Staged by Michael Greif and starring Ben Platt, the non-razzle-dazzle tuner by the songwriting team of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and book author Steven Levenson opens December 4.
Also looking good as it enters its third week of previews was A Bronx Tale — The Musical, at the Shuberts’ Longacre, where it continues playing to near-full houses and took in $651K, 79 per cent of its potential. And newcomer Falsettos, at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Walter Kerr, bounced $20K to $632.6K and played to 90 per cent of capacity in the 932-seat theater.
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Hamilton was up about $2K at the Nederlander Organization’s Richard Rodgers, possibly accounted for by the last-minute purchase of tickets by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. He attended last Friday evening’s performance, prompting a cast talk-back at the curtain call. The sold-out show led the Street grosses at the half-way point of the 2016-2017 season, with $2.45 million in sales, or 26.3 per cent above potential. Average ticket price for Hamilton was $228.30.
Overall, Week 26 tumbled 7 per cent from the week before, according to the trade group Broadway League, though the box office is likely to pick up with the launch of the holiday season this Thanksgiving week. Shows feeling the most pain were Wicked (down $271K), Kinky Boots (down $185K), newbie Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 (down $150K), School Of Rock — The Musical (down $104K), and The Phantom Of The Opera (down $175K). Total take from 32 shows was $26.8 million, about even with last year.
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