Two newcomers entered Broadway’s fall fray last week, which saw total box office jump almost 5%, to $23.2 million, from the week before. Sting’s autobiographical musical The Last Ship weighed anchor at the Neil Simon, ringing up a healthy $533,382 for seven performances and filling about 72% of the Nederlander-owned theater’s 1,344 seats. The show opens October 26.
The Roundabout Theater Co. revival of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, with a cast led by Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal in her Broadway debut, and Josh Hamilton played five previews at the American Airlines, with subscribers filling 90% of that theater’s 740 seats. The 1984 Tony-winner opens October 30.
Audra McDonald’s final week as Billie Holiday sent Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill out of Circle In The Square on a high note, bumping up $131,752 to $762,599, well over both gross potential and capacity, according to figures released by the trade group the Broadway League. Idina Menzel’s vacation days are probably why If/Then slumped $134K to $456K from the week before.
A slew of positive notices boosted the revival of You Can’t Take It With You by an impressive $190K to $571K at the Longacre, where the house was 82% full across eight performances. Disney’s Aladdin continues granting wishes at the New Amsterdam, with a $25K boost to $1.3 million, while The Lion King continued to dominate with a Street-leading take of $1.85 million, up $100K from the week before at the Minskoff. The Book Of Mormon continues to have the highest per-ticket average, at $184.35, followed by Beautiful, at $154.57 and the Nathan Lane-Matthew Broderick starfest It’s Only A Play, in previews since 1997, at $144.57. The Terrence McNally comedy opens Thursday.