While it’s too early to tell what impact Sunday’s Tony Awards will have on the box office of the night’s winners and losers, figures from the week leading up to the ceremony show big gains for the multi-nominee (and eventual Best Musical winner) A strange loop. The Michael R. Jackson musical filled 98% of its available seats in the week ending June 12, a significant gain from 89% the previous week.
With an average ticket price of $108, A strange loop grossed $676,316 for seven performances.
Overall, the Broadway box office for the 31st production was up about 7% from the previous week, totaling $31,588,947. Total attendance rose 4% to 240,564.
Countering the upward trend has been funny girl, down $61,332 to $1,116,695 with star Beanie Feldstein’s Covid absence. Attendance of 8,379 was around 86% of capacity, a notable drop from the show’s typical 95%+ level.
Covid could impact next week’s tally at The music man, with star Hugh Jackman out of the show this week due to testing positive after Tony’s appearance on Sunday night. The musical revival which, like funny girl was a non-appearance on the award list, is Broadway’s biggest commercial success of the season, grossing a whopping $3,411,385 last week.
take me out, which won the Tony for best revival of a play, banked $717,420 in its final week, filling 99.6% of the seats at the Helen Hayes Theater. The revival, which also won a Tony for star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, ended its limited engagement on June 11.
Broadway watchers will certainly follow the box office performances of Paradise Square at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, a musical that is struggling commercially – last week’s gross was $263,147, with attendance at 60% capacity – but a show that will no doubt benefit from winning the star Joaquina Kalukango in the Lead Actress/Musical category, not to mention her searing, ceremony-stealing portrayal of the showstopper from the “Let It Burn” production.
It is also likely that some post-Tony actions will be GM and Company, both taking multiple Tonys and making strong appearances on the show. In the week leading up to the Tonys, GM filled 96% of its seats, bringing in $1,444,057, with Company at 74% and $640,297.
How I learned to drivedespite returning home empty-handed from the Tonys, played its final week at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater at a more than solid 90% capacity, with the nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club production grossing $288,289.
Mr Saturday nightthe musical Billy Crystal, returned from a scheduled week-long hiatus in 78% of Nederlander Theater houses, with a box office for the seven performances at $848,030.
Plaza Suite, Neil Simon’s revival starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, didn’t make it to the Tonys – its only nomination was for costumes for a play, an award that went to The skin of our teeth – nonetheless had a terrific week at the Hudson Theater, setting another house record (his fourth) with a take of $1,708,386. The production, which had an average ticket price of $220 last week, will end its extended engagement on Sunday, July 10 and is on track to be one of Broadway’s highest-grossing play revivals.
Box office prospects aren’t so rosy for a trio of critically acclaimed plays that got no help from Tony Sunday. In the week leading up to the awards ceremony, Hangman, POTUS and Minutes were playing in front of a lot of empty seats. Audience for hanged and POTUS were at 50% capacity, with Minutes around 60%.
Season-to-date, Broadway has grossed $94,491,602, with total attendance of 728,668 at about 83% capacity.
The 31 productions grossing numbers on Broadway last week were Aladdin; American buffalo; beetle juice; The Book of Mormon; Chicago; Come from afar; Company; Dear Evan Hansen; funny girl; Girl from the North Country; Hadesville; Hamilton; hanged; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; How I learned to drive; The Lion King; Macbeth; MJ; Minutes; Red Mill!; Mr. Saturday night; The Music Man; place of paradise; The Phantom of the Opera; Plaza Suite; POTUS; Six; A strange loop; Take me out; Tina; and Nasty.
All figures courtesy of The Broadway League.