Broadway Box Office Off 13% As September Slump Settles In

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.

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane at the opening night partyFully 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.

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