The return of Bruce Springsteen’s long-running engagement at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which was on hiatus last week, and the initial previews of a starry revival of The Boys in the Band spurred a 5% increase in Broadway box office.
Total grosses reached $36,994,027 for the week ending May 6, according to figures from the Broadway League, up from $35,335,327 last week.
Springsteen on Broadway took in about $1.9 million from four performances, while Boys, which stars Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Matt Bomer, had eight previews at the Booth totaling about $1 million.
Last week’s Tony nominations are still rippling out into the marketplace. One beneficiary, though its overall marketing blitz is in full effect, statuettes or no, is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Even with awards comps in and just four performances of each of its two parts, the play surged almost 12% from last week to $2.1 million.
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SpongeBob SquarePants, which tied with Mean Girls for most nominations overall, inched up 4% for the week, to $565,662. Mean Girls was flat, at a shade under $1.5 million.
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Angels in America, which received the most nominations of any play in Tony history, 11, saw its grosses slip 11% to $817,187. The Band’s Visit, which also got 11 nominations, including one for Best Musical, declined 13% to $790,940.
After 50 weeks, the Broadway year is drawing to a close, and receipts continue to be up over last year. Grosses through Sunday were at $1.58 billion, up 14.4% over 2016-17. Overall attendance is closing in on 13 million — nearly 89% capacity — which is up 1.5% from a year ago.
The League will release its full-year tally on Tuesday, May 29, after the Memorial Day holiday. The timing also accounts for a 53rd week of grosses, an adjustment made every few years to ensure that the end of the box-office year always falls during May.
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