Six had its best week ever, Mrs. Doubtfire was back and several new shows joined the Broadway roster last week as box office climbed a total of 23% to $34,729,295. Compared to the previous week, Broadway total attendance was up about 16% to 261,835 for the 34 productions.
The attendance figure indicates that about 87% of all available seats were filled during the week ending April 17, comparable to the week before.
Among the notable numbers: The musical Six, which resumed previews post-Covid shutdown last September, grossed $1,357,276, topping its own high-mark of $1,347,922 for the week ending December 19, 2021. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also had its highest grossing week since resuming performances last fall, taking in $1,964,665.
Mrs. Doubtfire, which went on hiatus at the height of the Omicron surge in January, returned to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre with six performances, taking in $528,807 and playing to a 97% capacity. Average ticket price was about $90.
Among the newcomers to the list: The Pulitzer-winning A Strange Loop began previews at the Lyceum, grossing $202,403 for four performances, at 75% capacity and with a $73 average ticket. POTUS (full title: POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive) played four previews at the Shubert to 60%-filled houses, grossing $152,727 with a modest $44 average ticket.
Three shows had their official opening nights during the week, with the usual comps and press nights: The Little Prince took in $373,831, with 57% seats filled and a $56 average ticket; The Minutes filled 85% of seats, grossing $304,074 with a $67 average ticket; and American Buffalo scored $543,714 at 95% capacity and a $95 average ticket.
The week’s roster of sold-out (or near, at 98% capacity or more) productions included Funny Girl ($1,415,086); Hadestown ($1,044,339); Hamilton ($2,453,319); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ($1,964,665); Macbeth ($1,170,013, six performances); MJ ($1,462,484); Six ($1,357,276); The Book of Mormon ($1,134,629); The Lion King ($2,560,960); The Music Man ($3,328,253); and Wicked ($2,314,088).
Shows that came in at the lower end of their capacities were, in addition to POTUS and The Little Prince, The Skin of Our Teeth ($138,610, 45%) and Tina ($826,821, 60%). Mr. Saturday Night grossed $652,920, at 66% of attendance capacity.
All performances last week of Paradise Square were canceled due to Covid.
Season to date, Broadway has grossed $687,243,514, with total attendance of 5,467,067 at about 82% of capacity.
The 34 productions reporting figures on Broadway last week were Aladdin; American Buffalo; Beetlejuice; Birthday Candles; The Book of Mormon; Chicago; Come From Away; Company; Dear Evan Hansen; for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf; Funny Girl; Hadestown; Hamilton; Hangmen; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; How I Learned To Drive; The Lion King; The Little Prince; MJ; The Minutes; Moulin Rouge!; Mr. Saturday Night; Mrs. Doubtfire; The Music Man; The Phantom of the Opera; Plaza Suite; POTUS; Six; The Skin of Our Teeth; A Strange Loop; Take Me Out; Tina; and Wicked.
All figures courtesy of the Broadway League.
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