UPDATE Tuesday: The average price paid for Come From Away tickets last week was $156.12.
EARLIER: A slowish week at the Broadway box office didn’t have much impact on the established order of things (see Top 5 below), but it did allow a few others to grab some sunshine. Come From Away, the feel-good holdover from last season, continues to rock at the Shubert Organization’s Schoenfeld Theatre. The musical took in $1.33 million last week, a nifty 6% above its gross potential, with SRO crowds paying on average a hefty $156.12 per ticket.
Newcomer Latin History For Morons, John Leguizamo’s solo show at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, took in $334,900 for four previews (Leguizamo was ill and missed several performances), with tickets averaging $100.38 two weeks to go before opening. Also in previews, The Band’s Visit, at the Shuberts’ Barrymore, eked out a $525 improvement over the previous week, selling $872.7K worth of tickets, at an average price of $104.29, filling every one of the 1,046 seats in the house.
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Ends of run typically draw bigger crowds to say farewell, but that was not the case with Manhattan Theatre Club’s Prince of Broadway, which closed at the Friedman down $147.5K from the previous stand, its $$217.5K draw under 30% of potential. Among the other big downswings last week: Anastasia, at the Shuberts’ Broadhurst, tumbled $184.3K to $768.5K, 65% of potential at $103.44 per ticket average.
Street leader Hamilton was off an impressive $252.2K. Wicked, at the Nederlanders’ Gershwin, was off $171.3K. Dear Evan Hansen rejoined the Top 5 list, displacing Wicked.
The five top-grossing shows were:
• Hamilton ($2.66 million at the Nederlander Organization’s Richard Rodgers; $248.26 average ticket)
• Springsteen on Broadway($2.38 million at the Kerr; 5 performances; $503.82)
• Hello, Dolly! ($2.36 million at the Shubert; $202.14)
• The Lion King ($2.02 million at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff; $148.96)
• Dear Evan Hansen ($1.68 million at the Shuberts’ Music Box; $209.92)
Ticket sales across 28 Broadway shows totaled $28.63 million in Week 23 of the 2017-2018 season, according to the trade group Broadway League. That was a drop of $2 million, or 6.5%, from Week 22. Average ticket price was $123.84, down from $125.53 a week earlier.
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