A run of four new productions and renewed interest in a few old ones rose the Broadway box office by 20% last week, with total receipts for the 24 shows reaching $24,954,517 and attendances rising 14% to 201,321 for the week. which ended on September 18.
Among the newcomers: Death of a Seller, 1776, Cost of Living and Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt. Saying goodbye was Dear Evan Hansen and the announcement of the imminent departure was The Phantom of the Opera.
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First, Hansen. The musical closed on September 18, sold out for its final week and grossed a whopping $1,251,593. A run that began on November 14, 2016, ended after 1,678 appearances. It won the Tony for Best Musical.
And although it was too early to see much of the phantom Uproar on the weekly chart – the musical announced it would end on Friday February 18, marking an imminent end to 35 years of music of the night – production saw a noticeable increase in revenue: $964,172, up from $96,175 compared to the previous week. Nearly 90% of the Majestic’s seats were occupied, a figure that will no doubt increase as the end approaches. The production reportedly sold about $2 million in presale in the 24 hours after the shutdown was announced.
It is also likely that there will be some upward momentum in the coming weeks funny girl, which dropped by about half a million dollars last week with star Lea Michele dating Covid. Despite the star’s absence, the new buzzy revival grossed $1,136,518, filling 84% of the seats.
The four new shows didn’t meet their full schedule of eight performances last week, but the attendance figures could be telling. The revolutionary revival of the musical The Roundabout 1776 — the entire cast identifying as female, transgender and/or non-binary — filled an impressive 91% of the seats at the subscription-heavy venue, grossing $182,231 for three previews. The opening night at the American Airlines Theater is on October 6.
Death of a seller, the announced London production starring Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke, previewed at the Hudson, filled 98% of the seats and grossed $93,114. The opening night is on October 9.
Leopoldstadt had five previews at the Longacre, selling 76% of its tickets for a gross of $556,493. The opening night is on October 2.
Cost of livingMartyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner who starred in the Friedman in a Manhattan Theater Club production, had six previews, grossed $120,787 and filled nearly 80% of the seats. The opening night is on October 3.
Season to date, Broadway has grossed $474,777,678, with a total attendance of 3,702,991 at approximately 87% of capacity.
The 24 productions reporting numbers on Broadway last week were: 1776, Aladdin, Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Cost of Living, Dear Evan Hansen, Death of a Salesman, Funny Girl, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into the Woods, The Kite Runner, Leopoldstadt, The Lion King, The Music Man, MJ, Moulin Rouge!, The Phantom of the Opera, Six, A Strange Loop and Bad.
All figures courtesy of the Broadway League.
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