Newcomers Keep Broadway Box Office Steady; ‘Phantom’ Swings Up $115K

With three new shows in previews, the Broadway box office showed a bit more spark in Week 17 of the 2015-16 season. Meaty increases included An American In Paris, up $140K to $1.4 million at the Nederlanders’ Palace; Chicago, up $92K to $725K at the Shuberts’ Ambassador; Finding Neverland, up $75K to $881K at the Nederlanders’ Lunt-Fontanne; Jersey Boys, up $86.5K to $778K at Jujamcyn’s August Wilson; Kinky Boots, up $122.7K to $1 million at Jujamcyn’s Hirschfeld; Something Rotten! (up $141K to $980K at Jujamcyn’s St. James); and The King And I (up $104K to $1 million at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont).

beautiful carole king featuredBeautiful: The Carole King Musical, at the Roundabout’s Stephen Sondheim, was up just $20K to $1 million — but it passed the $100 million mark in total grosses, the 34th show in Broadway history to do so. Even that Energizer Bunny, the Opera Ghost, looked pretty lively, with The Phantom Of The Opera up $115K, to $960K, at the Shuberts’ Majestic.

The Spring Awakening revival continues previews at the Nederlander-owned Brooks Atkinson and was up $25K; it opens on September 27. Newcomers include the Roundabout revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, with Clive Owen, opening October 6 at the American Airlines, and Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love with Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, at the Friedman, opening October 8.

Overall, the Broadway box office was up 1.5% to $21.7 million from the week before, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. At $168.93, The Book Of Mormon had the top average price per ticket for a musical; for plays — scarce these days in the neighborhood — it was $73.48 for Old Times.

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