Broadway Box Office Holds Steady At $30M; Brian d’Arcy James Heads ‘The Ferryman’ Replacement Cast

Jeremy Daniel

Broadway box office held fairly steady for the theater season’s Week 39 (ending February 24), with most shows reporting some slippage. Total receipts for the 29 productions was $29.9 million, off a small 2% from the previous week. Attendance barely budged from the week prior, up less than a percentage point to 253,875.

Some notables:

  • Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman welcomed a mostly new company of replacement cast, headed by Brian d’Arcy James (pictured above), on February 19. To squeeze in some rehearsal time, the production dropped to a seven-performance week (from the standard eight), with receipts taking the expected hit, dropping 27% (from the week prior) to $537,469. Still, the newcomers played to houses at 87% of capacity. The Ferryman runs through July 7 at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre.
  • Be More Chill, in previews at the Lyceum, grossed $705,491, a small 4% slip from the previous week. Attendance of 6,696 was 94% of capacity. The musical opens March 10.
  • Also in previews is Kiss Me, Kate at Studio 54, grossing $630,671 for seven performances (a 68% bump over the previous week, when the new show played four previews). The most recent tally reflects about 75% of the show’s weekly potential, with attendance of 6,893 a strong 99% of potential.

Besides Kiss Me, Kate, other sold-out shows — or near enough, with attendance at 98% capacity or better — were Aladdin, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Network, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Season to date, Broadway has grossed $1,38 billion, a 15% jump year to year. Attendance of nearly 10.85 million is 12% above last season at this time.

All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.

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