Broadway Feels Slight Winter Chill As Box Office Dips To $30M; ‘American Son’, ‘Waverly Gallery’ Take Final Bows

Peter Cunningham

Broadway box office survived the New York chill last week, with receipts dropping a small 5% despite the loss of two productions and some widely spread, if undramatic, downturns. Total receipts for the 29 productions were $29,982,380, with attendance of 259,574 showing a small 3% drop from the previous week.

Gone from the roster of Broadway’s Week 35 (ending Jan. 27) were School of Rock and Mike Birbiglia’s The New One. Next week both American Son and The Waverly Gallery – fine productions, each coming to the end of limited engagements – will follow suit.

For its final week of performances at the Booth, American Son, starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, took in $798,282, with attendance of 6,327 at SRO. Netflix has plans to air a taped performance of the play, date TBD.

Also playing its last was The Waverly Gallery, Kenneth Lonergan’s wrenching play about a young man (Lucas Hedges) and his Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother (Elaine May). The play grossed $557,652 in its final week at the Golden Theatre, about 73% of potential, with attendance (6,109) at 97% of capacity. Expect to see both American Son and The Waverly Gallery well repped come Tony nomination time.

True West, the Sam Shepard revival starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, opened at the American Airlines Theatre to mixed reviews, filling 97% of seats for the subscription-heavy non-profit Roundabout Theater Company. Gross was $456,819.

Selling out (or coming close at 98% of capacity or more) were: American Son, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Network, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, To Kill a Mockingbird and Wicked.

Season to date, Broadway has grossed $1,262,986,968, a 15% increase year to year. Attendance thus far is 9,854,418, 11% higher than last year.

All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.

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