Broadway Rocks Steady With $32M; ‘Waitress’ Returns To $1M Club

Shervin Lainez

Broadway box office found a mid-winter groove as departing shows departed and recent openers moved beyond the comps and press seat period, leaving ticket buyers to buoy the 31-show roster with a $31,699,190 box office take, a tiny 1% slip from the previous week.

Attendance for Broadway’s Week 34, ending Jan. 20, of 267,598 was down about 2%, a hold-steady reflection of one fewer show on the slate.

One of the tastiest jumps came for Waitress, where recent returnee Sara Bareilles and pal Gavin Creel helped tip box office past the million-dollar mark: Waitress, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, took in $1,026,100, a jump of $53K over the already strong previous week.

Other solid performers included American Son at the Booth, grossing $738,616, about 13% higher than the previous week, with attendance of 6,177 at just shy of 100% capacity. The racially explosive drama, starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, has just announced plans for a Netflix taping.

The winter’s other new standouts – To Kill a Mockingbird and Network – each saw at least slight boosts over the previous week, and each sold out.

Other shows filling seats – or coming close, at 98% of capacity or more – were Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon, and The Lion King.

Two productions brought down their final Broadway curtains: School of Rock closed at the Winter Garden after a long run, grossing $909,452, a jump of $173,776 over the previous week. Mike Birbiglia’s The New One left the Cort with a weekly haul of $533,335, with attendance at 74% of capacity.

The roster’s sole previewer, True West starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano at the American Airlines Theater, grossed $440,595, about 57% of potential – though press comps should be at play there. Seats were 92% at capacity. The Sam Shepard revival opens Jan. 24.

Season to date, Broadway has grossed $1,233,004,588, a 15% boost year to year. Attendance of 9,594,844 is 11% stronger than last year at this time.

All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.

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