Broadway Box Office Hops 8% As Jean Valjean Peaces Out With A $246K Purse

Matthew Murphy

UPDATE Wednesday PM: Corrects Les Misérables run to 30 months (not 18).

Cameron Mackintosh‘s second, scaled-down revival of Les Misérables ended a 30-month run with overflow crowds and coin-heavy cash registers Sunday. The musical took in $1.33 million at the Shubert Organization’s Imperial Theatre, a sweet $246.5K  boost over the previous week and 13 percent above so-called gross potential, with an average ticket tariff of $118.34.

Two other shows bid farewell to the Street last week with similar send-offs: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, at the Shuberts’ Ethel Barrymore, bounced $146K to $678K and near-capacity crowds. And the return engagement of An Act Of God, with Sean Hayes taking over the Deity role created last year by Jim Parsons, ascended $77.7K at the Shuberts’ Booth, where it never quite caught fire the second time around.

Holiday Inn (or Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical, as it’s dubbed) began previews at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 with four performance; the Goodspeed Opera House import from the Northern climes (well, Connecticut) opens October 6.

The Labor Day week provided a boon to several shows: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, at the Roundabout’s Stephen Sondheim, was up $127K to $876.5K, 87 percent of potential. Cats redux, at the Nederlander Organization’s Neil Simon, added$96.7K to the till, coming in just shy of $1 million. Andrew Lloyd Webber had a fine week overall as School of Rock, at the Shuberts’ Winter Garden, bounced $116K back into the million-dollar club; even The Phantom of The Opera was up a bit as well, to $823K at the Shuberts’ Majestic.

Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour returned to a regular performance schedule after a brief break to put in changes; it took in $891K for seven performances at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Lyric, Broadway’s biggest house, with an average ticket price of $87.18.

The $2 million club was a lonely place, with just Hamilton, at the Nederlanders’ Richard Rodgers banking $2.1 million and the Street high average of $194.55 per ticket. At $1.87 million, Disney’s The Lion King at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff, wasn’t far behind.

Week 15 of the 2016-2017 Broadway season rang up $23.23 million in ticket sales for 26 shows, a bump of 8 percent over Week 14, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. That was also a healthy 4 percent above the same week a year ago. Season-to-date, however, is showing a modest decrease of 1.9 percent in grosses and 1.4 percent in attendance as the fall season shifts into gear.

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