Broadway has a new box office environment leader: A starry revival of “The New music Man” grossed $3.5 million very last 7 days, the most of any exhibit because theaters reopened following the lengthy pandemic shutdown.
The musical, with a cast led by the at any time preferred Hugh Jackman, is outselling “Hamilton” and every single other display, triumphing about tepid evaluations as it performs to full homes and sells tickets at leading-tier price ranges.
Details launched Tuesday by the Broadway League confirmed that “The Audio Man” had grossed more than $3 million for 5 months in a row.
The industry’s 3 big mainstays continue to be potent: Previous week, “Hamilton” introduced in $2.3 million, “Wicked” was at $1.9 million and “The Lion King” at $1.8 million.
The box business office quantities were being the very first for individual shows to be publicly produced by the League because March of 2020, and instructed, as envisioned, that the relatively little variety of primarily significant-identify demonstrates that survived the Omicron spike of the coronavirus late final yr are reasonably hardy, and most show up to be bringing in more dollars than they are paying on a week-to-7 days basis. The market faces a different pressure test ahead, as the range of demonstrates boosts no one appreciates regardless of whether there is sufficient audience to aid the newcomers as well as the established productions.
Amid the highlights, in accordance to the new data: A revival of the Neil Simon comedy “Plaza Suite” starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick is setting up very sturdy, reflecting the tremendous charm of the two stars, who are married to each other and have not appeared together onstage for many years. The enjoy, nonetheless in previews, grossed $1.7 million previous 7 days, which is a substantial range for a tiny-cast enjoy in a modest-measurement location.
“The Songs Guy,” which also stars the gifted Sutton Foster, experienced the maximum normal ticket value, at $283, and the best top quality ticket price tag, at $697. “Plaza Suite” was also promoting notably large-priced high quality seats, at $549, reflecting Parker’s level of popularity.
The figures do show signals of problem for some demonstrates. “Tina — The Tina Turner Musical,” performed to homes that had been only 55 p.c entire final 7 days, grossing $778,000. And a new musical, “Paradise Square,” commenced sluggish in previews — the demonstrate drew large audiences (it was 97 p.c comprehensive) but with unsustainably very low ticket charges (it grossed just $355,000, with an ordinary ticket price tag of $47). And profits for exhibits including “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Come From Away” and “Chicago” have notably softened because right before the pandemic.
But there is also very good information for other displays. In unique, the freshly introduced box place of work information implies that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has benefited from its decision to consolidate from a two-component enjoy to one section all through the pandemic. The clearly show grossed $1.7 million final week the two-component model experienced been bringing in all-around $1 million throughout non-vacation months right before the pandemic.
By the conclusion of previous 7 days there were 22 exhibits managing in the 41 Broadway houses, up from a minimal of 19 before in the year. The normal ticket rate was a nutritious $136, and 92 p.c of all seats ended up occupied, although there ended up less places to fill overall due to the fact so numerous theaters did not have shows in them.