UPDATED with the rest of the box office news. The brooms of Wicked ran out of fuel last week, as ticket sales fell an impressive $367,560 from the week before. The Oz prequel was one of 12 Broadway shows posting drops of $100,000 or more over the previous week. The bullies of Matilda dropped $293,7835, or 62% of gross potential, at the Shubert Theatre. Disney’s The Lion King still had the highest gross of the week — at $1.68 million — even after dropping $254,427 from the week before, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League.
Fully half the Street’s 24 shows showed drops in a stand that saw overall box office slump 13%, to $19.8 million from $22.9 million a week earlier. As reported earlier, Hedwig And The Angry Inch was off $121,034 and announced that Michael C. Hall would follow Andrew Rannells in the title role next month.
One glimmer of good news is that the Nathan Lane/Matthew Broderick-led revival of Terrence McNally’s comedy It’s Only A Play continues its steamroller advance to its October 9 opening night, up $370,580 to just shy of $1.2 million at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Its average ticket price was a musical-worthy $137.46.
Also previewing are the Michael Cera/Kieran Culkin-led This Is Our Youth, at $367,207 registering about half its potential at the Cort; and You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne, doing similar business at the Longacre, taking in $490,887. The Audra McDonald starrer Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill was on hiatus.