Broadway had some winter weight loss last week, shedding four productions and about 15% in box office. Grosses for Week 33, ending Jan. 13, totaled $31,937,248, with most shows reporting dips. Total attendance was 274,375, down about 9% from the previous week.
Going out with a bang was The Lifespan of a Fact, the play starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale. The hit reality-based drama about a meticulous magazine fact-checker and a not-so-meticulous writer took in $1,000,817 for the final week of its limited 16-week engagement. Capitalized at a reported $4.1 million, Lifespan, which recouped its investment last month, was at 99% of capacity at Studio 54: 7,960 tickets sold. A West End production and a national tour – no casting announced yet – is next.
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Other shows at standing room only – or close enough, with at least 98% of seats filled – were Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mean Girls, Network, The Book of Mormon, and To Kill A Mockingbird.
Network, playing seven performances, scored $1,026,008 at the Belasco, and To Kill A Mockingbird rang up $1,536,167 at the Shubert. Other relative newcomers pulling good numbers were The Cher Show ($1,134,382) and The Ferryman ($874,586).
Choir Boy, the play from Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, opened to generally strong reviews and good attendance (4,867, about 96% of the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre’s capacity), though opening night comps and a modest $54 average ticket price kept receipts at $261,676, 43% of potential.
True West, the Sam Shepard revival in previews at the American Airlines starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, took in $423,166, about 55% of potential, with attendance of 5,333 at 90% capacity. Opening night is Jan. 24.
The 32-production roster (Torch Song, Head Over Heels, Once On This Island and The Play That Goes Wrong had closed the week prior) brought the season-to-date total to $1,201,305,398, a 15% boost year to year. Attendance for the season is 9,327,246, just shy of 90% capacity and about 10% stronger than last year at this time.
All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.
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