Broadway box office dipped 9% during the week ending April 15, totaling $37,729,078, compared with $41,151,034 in the same week in 2017, according to figures from the Broadway League.
This past week featured 36 shows, compared with 40 in the year-earlier period. In another tough comparison, the 2017 period included Easter and Passover and vacation for New York City area schools, while this year’s week did not.
Carousel and Children of a Lesser God were the week’s major premieres as Tony season continues to pick up speed. The revival of Carousel delivered receipts of $1.054 million for the week, down from $1.190 million in its prior-week previews. Children tallied $230,396, down from $375,274 the week before.
Many of the juggernauts from past weeks, if not years, continued to set the overall pace. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took in $1.7 million after shattering records for a play debut the week before, at more than $2.1 million. A front-page account of the show’s development in Sunday’s New York Times estimated its cost at $68 million, highest for a non-musical in Broadway history. That tally included modifications to the Lyric Theatre, the formerly barn-like venue that once hosted a series of misfires such as Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Also continuing to cruise are Frozen, with $1.75 million for the week, and Mean Girls, which bucked the trend and actually increased 18% from last week to $1,382,096. Lobby Hero, the Kenneth Lonergan revival starring Chris Evans, Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry, held steady with $463,657.
So mighty is the colossus known as Hamilton that holidays or no, school in or out of session, it held essentially flat from last week to this week, collecting another $3,139,968.
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