Broadway Box Office Slumps As ‘Hedwig,’ ‘Mamma Mia’ Peace Out, ‘Spring’ Awakens

Broadway ticket sales continued their usual end-of-summer downward trend and a couple of legendary rockers departed during Week 16 of the 2015-2016 Broadway season, which ended Sunday. Mamma Mia! which opened in October 2001 at the Shubert-owned Winter Garden Theatre and moved to the Shuberts’ smaller Broadhurst 12 years later, closed  Sunday, having taken in more than $620 million on Broadway alone. A more recent hit, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, at the Shuberts’  Belasco, also closed Sunday, topping out its $50-million 15-month run with full houses and a $178K uptick, to $625K, in its final stand.

Spring AwakeningDeaf West’s celebrated revival of Spring Awakening began its 20-week Broadway run with eight previews at the Nederlander Organization’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, taking in $449K, 45 percent of its $1 million potential and filling 83 percent of the seats. The show opens September 27 and is slated to run through the turn of the year.

In the rest of the Broadway universe, several big shows took sizable hits: Disney’s Aladdin was off $144K at the New Amsterdam; Finding Neverland tumbled $120K to $806K at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne, hitting 55 percent of its $1.5 million potential; Hamilton dropped $135K while still managing to ring up $1.6 million — 17 percent above its $1.3 million potential. Kinky Boots, at Jujamcyn’s Al Hirschfeld, was down $97K to $879K, 66 percent of potential.

Overall take for 24 shows was $21.4 million, down 4 percent from the week before, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Attendance, however, was up 2 percent to 213,253. Translation: more people came and paid less: The average ticket price across all Broadway shows last week was $100.31 — more than $6 less than the week before, when the average price per ticket was $106.50.



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