Bryan Cranston arrived on Broadway to two full houses last week, as the much-anticipated Network played a couple previews at the Belasco Theater and contributed $293,220 to Broadway’s $37,230,401 total for Week 24 (ending Nov. 11).
Overall box office for the 38 Broadway productions reflected a 13% jump in receipts over the previous week, with attendance of 306,015 showing a 9% bump.
While Network, directed by Ivo van Hove and co-starring Tony Goldwyn and Tatiana Maslany, was standing-room-only, with a strong average ticket price of $144, another movie-inspired production might have a tougher road ahead: King Kong opened at the Broadway to pans and $915,800, about 60% of potential. Attendance was strong – 13,269, about 95% of capacity – but an average ticket price of $69 hardly bares teeth. Still, the week included opening night comps and press seats, so way too soon to write this monkey off just yet.
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Mike Birbiglia’s The New One opened Nov. 11 at the Cort to a much warmer critical reception but a just-getting-started box office of $178,138, about 23% of potential. Attendance of 6,623 – average ticket price $27 – was 88% of capacity. Word of mouth will be key.
On the other end of the money-making spectrum, Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Jeff Daniels, played seven previews to $1.1 million, 93% of potential, with SRO attendance of 10,078.
- The Prom, at the Longacre, took in $323,083 for six performances, attendance at a solid 95% of capacity but receipts at just 40% of potential. That includes a heavily comped Monday performance in which cast and creatives from, among others, Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon and Aladdin were invited – all productions worked on by The Prom‘s Casey Nicholaw. Opens Nov. 15;
- The Cher Show, the jukebox musical at the Neil Simon, took in a whopping $1,065,993 for seven performances; 81% of potential, with 9,196 ticket-buyers paying an average $115 and filling 95% of seats.
Departing the roster was The Nap, the Richard Bean comedy at the Friedman, closing its run with $191,064 for the week, about 30% of potential.
Other notables: The Lifespan of a Fact, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, held strong at Studio 54, raking in $966,411, with attendance of 7,378 at about 92% of capacity. American Son, starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, played to houses at about 86% of capacity, grossing $645,364. Jez Butterworth’s brilliant The Ferryman made a cool million at the Jacobs, with 90% of seats filled.
Season to date, Broadway has grossed $835,652,128, up about 17% year-over-year. Total attendance of 6,545,617 is up 7%.
All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.
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