Cirque Du Soleil Joins The Times Square Circus; ‘Waitress’, ‘Shuffle Along’ Sizzle In Previews: Broadway Box Office

Joan Marcus

Paramour, the first made-for-Broadway venture from Cirque du Soleil, got off to a rousing start last week in the Street’s biggest house, the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric Theatre, selling out all 1,896 seats and taking in a hair’s breadth shy of full potential for its first preview. The tally was $190,774, at an average ticket price of $100.57.

It was a very good week for a couple of other new musicals as well. Waitress, starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller, had its best week yet at the Nederlander Organization’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Sara Bareilles’ Broadway debut took in $937.6K, 92% of potential, and had full houses over eight previews (it opens April 24), with an average ticket price of $111.55. Audra McDonald, the six-time Tony-winning star of Shuffle Along, led a full eight-performance week at the Shubert Organization’s Music Box, where it opens on the 28th; the show also was sold out, taking in $872.2K — 83% of potential — at an average ticket price of $113.44.

Duncan Sheik’s American Psycho, with Benjamin Walker in the title role, ran seven previews and took in $506K — 55% of potential — at the Shuberts’ Schoenfeld, filling 90% of the seats. It opens April 21. And Tuck Everlasting, opening April 26 at the Shuberts’ Broadhurst, improved over the previous week, grossing $339K, about a third of potential and filling nearly 80% of the seats across eight previews; average ticket price: $46.20.

Week 47 of the 2015-16 season was up $283K over Week 46 and 5% over the same week a year ago, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Total gross was $27.18M for 37 shows. Average ticket price across the boards was $98.04, up from $94.98 a year ago.

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