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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 4/14/19

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 3:09pm
Click below to access all the Broadway grosses from all the shows for the week ending 4/14/2019 in BroadwayWorld's grosses section.

Also, you will find information on each show's historical grosses, cumulative grosses and other statistics on how each show stacked up this week and in the past.

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Up for the week by attendance was: KING KONG (13.5%), CHICAGO (11.5%), WAITRESS (11.2%), BEAUTIFUL (4.8%), INK (4.4%), PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL (3.7%), THE PROM (3.2%), BURN THIS (1.6%), HILLARY AND CLINTON (1.3%), MY FAIR LADY (1.3%), HADESTOWN (0.9%), FROZEN (0.6%), WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (0.6%), MEAN GIRLS (0.3%), HAMILTON (0.2%), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (0.2%),

Down for the week by attendance was: KING LEAR (-12.5%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-8.6%), BEETLEJUICE (-3.8%), THE FERRYMAN (-2.6%), OKLAHOMA! (-2%), THE CHER SHOW (-1.5%), BE MORE CHILL (-1.4%), TOOTSIE (-1.3%), WICKED (-0.6%), ALADDIN (-0.5%), ALL MY SONS (-0.4%), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (-0.4%), THE LION KING (-0.4%), THE BOOK OF MORMON (-0.3%), NETWORK (-0.2%), GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS (-0.1%),

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 3:22pm
Not much to say really, except that it is surprising to see King Kong have such a spike in attendance. Hadestown seems to be doing very well, whilst Beetlejuice had a bad week. I wonder what will happen when they officially open...
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 3:39pm
Wow, King Kong!
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 3:44pm

So many thoughts.

How is Gary doing so poorly? I haven't seen it yet and know it was getting a mixed review on here (I stop reading a thread if I'm planning to see a show, which I will April 30) but I would expect Nathan Lane to draw at least a small crowd regardless.

I also expected Burn This (despite not liking it myself) to be selling out the theater, considering the cast. And Ink, given it had a lot of positive press before the transfer, has such a low % of gross, too. 

I'm optimistic that The Ferryman, which I adore and am going to see again, gets a bump when Tony nominations come out. I understand that it can be a hard sell based on length and content, so hoping some external (i.e. Tony) affirmation will help it out into its final months.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 3:57pm

I know All My Sons is in a subscriber house and all, but yikes.

Tootsie rising week-to-week as Beetlejuice falls when they started at similar numbers seems like a hit and a flop emerging to me...

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 4:07pm

The Cher Show continues to look anemic. Someone said they are selling out the weekends, but my friend was there last Friday and said the theatre was half full and the mezz was mostly empty. 

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 4:08pm

Good to see Waitress do better now that Jeremy Jordan joined the cast. 

I'm still amazed by Lion King. Average ticket paid is $166 and 96% gross potential after all these years.

Hadestown numbers will only get higher especially if it gets rave reviews after its opening in two days.

Ouch for Ferryman's 54% gross potential but I still think it will make it through the Tonys despite the cast change.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 5:47pm
I feel like The Cher Show is just making it's weekly nut($800k). They'll stick around through the summer. It'll be interesting to see what kind of Tony noms it gets. They're doing a lot of press now, so hopefully they see an uptick in sales soon. Thee Fall will be the show's true test if it'll stay afloat.
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 5:51pm

I predict MFL will close in July when Benanti leaves.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 6:14pm

woeisme3 said: "I know All My Sons is in a subscriber house and all, but yikes.

Tootsie rising week-to-week as Beetlejuice falls when they started at similar numbers seems like a hit and a flop emerging to me...
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I wouldn't say yikes yet for All My Sons. While it's not setting the box office ablaze, a 60% gross potential seems to be a target that Roundabout is happy with (and it's certainly doing better in its first two weeks of previews than some other recent Roundabout revivals at the American Airlines such as Time and the ConwaysMarvin's Room, and The Cherry Orchard).

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 6:29pm

I too am really surprised that GARY isn't doing better.  Nathan Lane's track record is pretty amazing, he is about a bankable as anyone who regularly appears on the Broadway stage.  

Re Burn This, I have to admit to being pretty surprised at its first week's business.  This seems more in line with what I would have expected.  That said, I am surprised that Driver and Russell are selling tickets in numbers that they are;  I was clearly wrong.  Have to admit that I am just not a fan of Driver, and I assumed that Russell would follow the path of other talented film and TV actresses who have bombed in NYC because they could not compensate for the lack of close-ups, couldn't project enough, etc.

Re Ink and All My Sons, I generally have the opinion that productions at MTC and Roundabout generally start slowly, and build if they get very good to excellent reviews.  I have always wondered whether they are viewed by younger theatre goers as stodgy (because they are subscription theatre.  Also, because they sell a lot of subscriptions, the subscriber tickets are well discounted even when a show is more in demand.

Labor Day for Be More Chill unless, as some people here are expecting, they have a great summer and /or have producers who are prepared to lose money for a long time for whatever reason.

Really disappointed with The Ferryman's grosses.  Unless there is a miracle, I imagine it will lose a huge portion of its investment, because it was so expensive to open (for a non-musical) and must have a staggering weekly nut for a play, between cast size and all the kids involved.

Amazed with What the Constitution...and happily so.  I have not seen it and am not sure when I will (all May slots accounted for, with two of those potentially badly chosen (Lear and Gary, which I specifically purchased because of Glenda Jackson and Nathan Lane, despite learning decades ago that actors that I really want to see appear often appear in stinkers.)

I guess Laurie Matcalf is never going to be a box office attraction.  Despite winning Tony's the past two seasons, she and John Lithgow are in a play whose average ticket price is $62.77.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 7:19pm

ACL2006 said: "I feel like The Cher Show is just making it's weekly nut($800k). They'll stick around through the summer. It'll be interesting to see what kind of Tony noms it gets. They're doing a lot of press now, so hopefully they see an uptick in sales soon. Thee Fall will be the show's true test if it'll stay afloat."

 

 

I caught Cher doing an interview this morning with Jenna Bush on 'TODAY with Koda and Jenna'  (Kathie Lee Gifford left the show two weeks ago). It was an awkward interview as Jenna Bush is a horrible talking head, as she shamelessly gushed all over Cher. But kudos to Cher for pushing 'The Cher Show' and her upcoming concert tour.

 

Surprised Cher hasn't visited 'The View' yet - maybe she's waiting for May sweeps? 

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 7:23pm

woeisme3 said: "I know All My Sons is in a subscriber house and all, but yikes.

Tootsie rising week-to-week as Beetlejuice falls when they started at similar numbers seems like a hit and a flop emerging to me...
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Beetlejuice had the one-day sale of $33 tickets for the length of previews. Do we know how many sold?

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 7:53pm

Beetlejuice only had 7 shows last week.

King Kong's spike was probably due to all the kids that were on break last week.

 

How come Hadestown is at 100% capacity, but its almost 200k below its max? Press comps?

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 7:56pm

Jarethan said: "I too am really surprised that GARY isn't doing better. Nathan Lane's track record is pretty amazing, he is about a bankable as anyone who regularly appears on the Broadway stage."

An important distinction: Nathan's last 3 Broadway shows all had famous costars (Andrew Garfield in Angels, and incredibly starry ensembles in The Front Page and It's Only A Play). He's the only name selling tickets in Gary.

And, when NY theatregoers are choosing between plays, there are a LOT of other stars on Broadway this season. In the past 6 years, Lane has done 4 Broadway shows + Iceman Cometh at BAM. The Titus Andronicus subtitle could also be scaring people off.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 8:04pm

getupngo said: "Beetlejuice only had 7 shows last week.

It had 7 perfs the previous week, too. (Tootsie also had 7-show weeks for the past two frames.)


"How come Hadestown is at 100% capacity, but its almost 200k below its max? Press comps?"

Comps and discount tickets. Going by the internet, a lot of critics and other media types saw it this past weekend.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 8:29pm

Bit of a boost for Waitress with Jeremy in the show, but more because of a 10% rise in attendance rather than an increase in ticket prices, which I guess makes sense considering he’s probably gonna attract a lot of younger fans who aren’t gonna pay the big bucks. 

 

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 9:02pm

David10086 said: "ACL2006 said: "I feel like The Cher Show is just making it's weekly nut($800k). They'll stick around through the summer. It'll be interesting to see what kind of Tony noms it gets. They're doing a lot of press now, so hopefully they see an uptick in sales soon. Thee Fall will be the show's true test if it'll stay afloat."





I caught Cher doing an interview this morning with Jenna Bush on 'TODAY with Koda and Jenna' (Kathie Lee Gifford left the show two weeks ago). It was an awkward interview as Jenna Bush is a horrible talking head, as she shamelessly gushed all over Cher. But kudos to Cher for pushing 'The Cher Show' and her upcoming concert tour.



Surprised Cher hasn't visited 'The View' yet - maybe she's waiting for May sweeps?
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The View had Stephanie J Block on for a performance a few weeks ago. The show's cast and Cher are all on the Tonight Show for the entire episode tonight, so hopefully all the promo they're doing makes a difference and keeps the show going.

I wonder if Cher being on tour is also cutting into the show's grosses. I know if I were a tourist who loved Cher, I'd be more likely to spend my money to see her perform near me than spend the money on the Broadway show.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 9:56pm

hveasey said: "I wonder if Cher being on tour is also cutting into the show's grosses. I know if I were a tourist who loved Cher, I'd be more likely to spend my money to see her perform near me than spend the money on the Broadway show."

I agree. I'm a big Cher fan and if I'm on a limited budget and have to choose whether to see the Cher Show with an actress acting as Cher (love SJB) or see Cher herself perform at her concert near where I live, I'd pick the latter.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 10:28pm

getupngo said: "King Kong's spike was probably due to all the kids that were on break last week."

and yet, Be More Chill had its lowest week of ticket sales.

 

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 10:46pm

i am always surprised at the surprise when big stars in bad or unmarketable shows dont sell well. Sure, there are megastars that will draw audiences to watch them read a phone book, but as popular as Lane is, without something more (an interesting plot, a great ad campaign, great word of mouth) how many people are going to automatically plunk down $ just to see him no matter what? Especially when, as pointed out above, he is on Broadway very regularly.

i love the guy. Gary wasn't horrible, and he is great in it. but i had no idea what it was about going in, and i havent seen a single ad or puff piece explaining what it was about since. and i find it hard to believe many ppl whove seen it are running to their offices/families/friends telling everyone what a fantastic night it was. these grosses make perfect sense to me.

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hveasey said: "I wonder if Cher being on tour is also cutting into the show's grosses. I know if I were a tourist who loved Cher, I'd be more likely to spend my money to see her perform near me than spend the money on the Broadway show."

That's a REALLY good point. Most other jukebox musicals have been about subjects who are either dead, not performing regularly, or a disbanded musical group.

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 11:26pm

hveasey said: "I wonder if Cher being on tour is also cutting into the show's grosses. I know if I were a tourist who loved Cher, I'd be more likely to spend my money to see her perform near me than spend the money on the Broadway show."

That's a REALLY good point. Most other jukebox musicals have been about subjects who are either dead, not performing regularly, or a disbanded musical group.

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Good point on that for sure. No doubt it will make a difference. 

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NYCblurb said: "hveasey said: "I wonder if Cher being on tour is also cutting into the show's grosses. I know if I were a tourist who loved Cher, I'd be more likely to spend my money to see her perform near me than spend the money on the Broadway show."

That's a REALLY good point. Most other jukebox musicals have been about subjects who are either dead, not performing regularly, or a disbanded musical group.

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Good point on that for sure. No doubt it will make a difference.
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I'm one of those people. I'm seeing her when she comes to Madison Square Garden in December rather than see the show for almost as much money for a good seat. 

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Posted: 4/16/19 at 6:07am

SomethingPeculiar said: "Jarethan said: "I too am really surprised that GARY isn't doing better. Nathan Lane's track record is pretty amazing, he is about a bankable as anyone who regularly appears on the Broadway stage."

An important distinction: Nathan'slast 3 Broadway shows all had famous costars(Andrew Garfield inAngels, and incredibly starry ensembles in TheFront Page andIt's Only A Play). He's the only name selling tickets inGary.

And, when NY theatregoers are choosing between plays, there are a LOT of other stars on Broadway this season. In the past 6 years, Lane has done 4 Broadway shows +Iceman Cometh at BAM.TheTitus Andronicussubtitlecould also be scaring people off.
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If memory serves correct, Angels in America (which is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen) didn’t have great box office initially although it perked up part way into its run. It also never announced recoupment. Of course, the long running time and two parts probably kept some people away.