Broadway ended week 1 of the 2014-15 season on Sunday $3 million off from the week before but still ahead of the same frame a year ago. The story of the day, however, was the stunning collapse of a star-studded North American arena tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice Jesus Christ Superstar just as it was about to get underway in New Orleans.
While the Broadway best-sellers continued full steam ahead, most other shows limped after the Memorial Day weekend highs. Total box office, according to figures released by the Broadway League trade association, was $27.9 million; the week before, the total was $30.9 million. The total one year ago was $23.3 million.
Among new productions this season, Disney’s Aladdin was the top seller, with $1.2 million in sales and all of its seats filled. Add in the take from The Lion King ($2 million) and Newsies ($628,000) and Disney had a $3.8 million week on the Rialto. Other new shows that went SRO were A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder ($701,000), A Raisin In The Sun ($1.2 million), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1 million) and Hedwig And The Angry Inch ($979,000 ), though most were below their gross potential.