Hadestown and Tootsie joined Broadway’s million dollar club last week, each show posting box office totals above the $1M mark, even as Broadway overall slipped from the previous week’s spring-break bounce. Total box office for 36 productions was $34,151,624, about 11% lower than the previous week.
Total attendance for Week #49 (ending May 5) was 297,097, a 6% drop. Expect to see whatever repercussions are to be had from last week’s Tony Award nominations in the weeks ahead.
At least a part of last week’s slip can be chalked up to Network‘s brief hiatus (Bryan Cranston & Co. return May 8, along with its expected $1M+ addition to the Broadway till). And while Morrissey opened his limited engagement residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the show has opted to report cumulative gross and attendance figures next week.
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The other newcomer was Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, playing its first preview at the Broadhurst. Box office was $69,370, just about 46% of potential – the performance was a heavily comped celebration of playwright Terrence McNally’s 25th Broadway production and director Arin Arbus’ Broadway debut. Opening night is May 30.
Hadestown, the most Tony-nominated show of the season with 14 nominations, had its best week yet, grossing $1,055,456, 96% of potential, with all eight performances SRO. Tootsie, with 11 nominations, took in $1,256,769, with attendance at 87% of capacity (two of last week’s eight performances were heavily comped press nights).
Ain’t Too Proud continued pulling big numbers, grossing $1,445,734, attendance at 99% of capacity at the Imperial. Attendance for What The Constitution Means To Me reached 99.7% of capacity, taking $495,660. And To Kill A Mockingbird broke its own record at the Shubert for the fourth time, grossing $1,767,464.
The box office news wasn’t as bright for some of the season’s other new productions: Be More Chill grossed $411,116, less than half its potential. Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus filled 94% of seats at the Booth, but a $54 average ticket price kept box office of $314,335 at about 36% of potential.
The week’s sell-outs – or close enough, with attendance at 98% of capacity or more – were Ain’t Too Proud, Aladdin, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Oklahoma!, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, To Kill a Mockingbird and What The Constitution Means To Me.
Season to date, Broadway has grossed $1,721,458,772, about 12% better year to year. Attendance of 13,827,004 was up 10% over last year at this time.
All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.
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