Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 7/7/19

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:26pm
Click below to access all the Broadway grosses from all the shows for the week ending 7/7/2019 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: INK (18.3%), CHICAGO (15.9%), FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE (8.9%), BURN THIS (7.1%), MY FAIR LADY (6.6%), BEETLEJUICE (4.8%), BEAUTIFUL (3.7%), THE FERRYMAN (2.7%), OKLAHOMA! (2%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2%), WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (1.2%), FROZEN (0.8%), THE BOOK OF MORMON (0.8%), BE MORE CHILL (0.7%), MEAN GIRLS (0.3%), HADESTOWN (0.1%),

Down for the week by attendance was: THE CHER SHOW (-10.3%), TOOTSIE (-8.2%), WAITRESS (-5.3%), PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL (-4.5%), THE PROM (-3.4%), WICKED (-1.9%), ALADDIN (-1.6%), KING KONG (-1.6%), AIN'T TOO PROUD (-0.5%), THE LION KING (-0.3%), MOULIN ROUGE! (-0.1%), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (-0.1%),

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:28pm

No comment except--Good Morning all--No 1

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:31pm
As Tootsie hits a disastrous new low, it is worth reflecting on the fact that Catch Me If You Can was the last musical to win Best Actor without winning in the Best Musical categories - that one didn’t last long, did it?

I am guessing that Tootsie’s weekly nut is around 750K at most, so it’s still making money, but we can expect further decline soon, so it’s likely to not reach its one year anniversary...
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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:32pm

Rob said: "The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award??-winning Best Musical."

Not sure?

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:37pm
Three thoughts:

1. I could cry for FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE. I don’t really understand why it’s performing so poorly.

2. I guess BEAUTIFUL has lost some of its audience to AIN'T TOO PROUD.

3. I completely admit I was wrong when I predicted TOOTSIE was going to be a commercial hit. I wonder if it’ll make it until my September 27 - October 4 trip when I plan to see it.
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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:41pm

Miles2Go2 said: "Three thoughts:


3. I completely admit I was wrong when I predicted TOOTSIE was going to be a commercial hit. I wonder if it’ll make it until my September 27 - October 4 trip when I plan to see it.
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The demise of Pretty Woman and the rapid downfall of Tootsie both provide some uncomfortable omens for Moulin Rogue. How long will it’s current success last?

 

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:42pm

Wow at the average ticket price for Moulin Rouge and it’s still in previews. 

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 3:48pm

Miles2Go2 said: "Three thoughts:

1. I could cry for FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE. I don’t really understand why it’s performing so poorly.”


I blame Snyder and Del Toro. Michael Shannon has become associated with loathsome fanatical villains like Zod and Strickland, and that seems to have really hurt his personal brand...

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:00pm

BritCrit said: "Miles2Go2 said: "Three thoughts:


3. I completely admit I was wrong when I predicted TOOTSIE was going to be a commercial hit. I wonder if it’ll make it until my September 27 - October 4 trip when I plan to see it.
"

The demise of Pretty Woman and the rapid downfall of Tootsie both provide some uncomfortable omens for Moulin Rogue. How long will it’s current success last?


" Well if you look at the large number of seats available for Moulin Rouge post opening in August and September (aka after summer) I'm curious to see those sales too. 

 

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:03pm

BritCrit said: "I blame Snyder and Del Toro. Michael Shannon has become associated with loathsome fanatical villains like Zod and Strickland, and that seems to have really hurt his personal brand..."

I don't think he's ever had a bankable personal brand to begin with. Even as a 2x Oscar nominee, he's very much a "that guy" actor to most of America. Avid theatergoers should know who he is, but evidently they don't care who he is.

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:08pm

Both Beautiful and Waitress are on their last legs. I wonder if any shows are looking at the Sondheim and Brooks Atkinson as potential homes as they'll likely be available in the not too distant future.

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:09pm

I agree with some of the commenters above. Theater people like Audra but are more likely to see her in a musical. Michael Shannon is not someone people generally think of in a romantic play. He (his characters, really) is creepy. Lastly, it's a simple play about loneliness and connection. People aren't shelling out big money for that. If they're going to pay $100 they want a spectacle. Sad but true.

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:17pm

The Prom doesn't seem like it's been doing all that badly since the closing notice compared to the other ones that are closing up shop. That's pretty disastrous for Tootsie though.

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:21pm

Mr. Wormwood said: "The Prom doesn't seem like it's been doing all that badly since the closing notice compared to the other ones that are closing up shop. That's pretty disastrous for Tootsie though."

Thank the movie announcements - they hve certainly raised a lot of publicity for The Prom. Personally, I think it was odd to announce the news just after the closing notice was posted (They should have announced it on Tony’s night or closing night) but it will at least allow The Prom to end its run on a high note... 

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:39pm

a few observations...

Frankie &J - I am a big Shannon fan; I think I have seen everything he has done on stage in New York and on film. This was a headscratcher as to both of them. Other things: it hasn't been that long since the last revival, and this is not a play that makes sense in that kind of rotation. There is another play with male and female stars advertised sexily. It was here first and won. 

Prom - It's hard to say not all that badly and losing money in the same breath. If you were looking for some money back on your investment, you might feel differently (though not that bad in light of the film).

Moulin Rouge - it's sui generis so the comparisons are meaningless.

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:51pm

HogansHero said: "a few observations...

Frankie &J - I am a big Shannon fan; I think I have seen everything he has done on stage in New York and on film. This was a headscratcher as to both of them. Other things: it hasn't been that long since the last revival, and this is not a play that makes sense in that kind of rotation. There is another play with male and female stars advertised sexily. It was here first and won.

Moulin Rouge - it's sui generis so the comparisons are meaningless.
"

I assume the play you are referring to with “male and female stars advertised sexily” is Burn This, but that’s about to end its run (probably won’t help Frankie & Johnny much though...)

Moulin Rogue is hard to compare with other Broadway musicals. However, it has superficial similarities to Pretty Woman (Musicals opening in the summer, headlined by an actor from the Les Mis film) and Beetlejuice (Alex Timbers production with immersive set designs)...

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:51pm
I really think Frankie and Johnny opened at a poor time. With Mockingbird being a record breaking hit for straight plays, Network selling out (although it closed towards beginning of its run) , Constitution, people still catching up on seeing Potter, Burn This, I ultimately think it was a crowded season for plays to contend with. Imagine if Frankie and Johnny opened in August this year knowing that a lot of broadway will be dark. It’s too bad.
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Posted: 7/8/19 at 4:58pm

Out of curiosity, is a big theater like the Marquis significantly more expensive to rent because of its size? (I assume that Tootsie's other costs outside of rent are comparable to other musicals)

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 5:00pm

Since the Grosses were sponsored by The Book of Mormon, I looked a little closer at their grosses lately. Not that the show is in any imminent danger right now, obviously, but I noticed an interesting trend in their grosses year to year.

It is now more than halfway through 2019 and the only few weeks to expect higher-than-normal numbers are during the Nov/Dec holidays..

From 2017 to 2018 the show only lost about 2.75% of its Yearly Average Gross Potential, (this, after a slight gain between 2016 and 2017..)

However, from 2018 to 2019 it has lost almost 10% of its Yearly Average Gross Potential, (with the potential gross itself declining about $200K from 2017 to 2019).

A quick Ticketmaster check for mid-week, mid-September performances also shows some dates with only about 300 seats listed as 'sold/not-available', which I am sure includes House Seats, Lotto and not-released-until-needed Partial View seats, bringing the actual Sold number down closer to 200. 

I have noticed they have done a good job avoiding TKTS and the typical slate of readily redeemable discounts.. I wonder if those discounts will start to become more available going into the dreadfully slow fall season...?

 

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 5:00pm
Is there anything to be said or to worry about with Harry Potter’s numbers? It seems to be slowly declining each week. Obviously not closing tomorrow, but seems that it might not last years on end.
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Posted: 7/8/19 at 5:08pm

LesWickedly, I've also been surprised that after the initial impossibility of scoring tickets to Harry Potter, it rather quickly became an easier ticket. It's still doing incredibly well, but I expected more out of it. Ditto Frozen. Both have years ahead of them, but maybe not as many as would have initially been expected.

 

I'm interested in the weekly nut for Waitress and Beautiful. Both have had fantastic runs and recouped. I adore both shows. But I wouldn't be surprised if either packed it in by the end of this year. Although maybe with so much closing next month and not THAT much new eagerly awaiting theaters, they could benefit from simply still running? I have a feeling 2019-20 is going to be a very interesting season. 

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 5:16pm

Sauja said: "LesWickedly, I've also been surprised that after the initial impossibility of scoring tickets to Harry Potter, it rather quickly became an easier ticket. It's still doing incredibly well, but I expected more out of it. Ditto Frozen. Both have years ahead of them, but maybe not as many as would have initially been expected.”

Frozen had a pretty lean spring, but as tourists and families arrive, the grosses and attendance figures are picking up. It’s still the lowest earning of Disney’s three musicals, but it seems to have gained greater security in recent weeks, and the increasing hype for Frozen 2 is generating publicity. I expect Frozen to make it to 1000 performances (which would take it up to Labour Day 2020), but I doubt it will have Aladdin’s longevity.

P.S I wonder what will happen to Aladdin once the publicity generated by the remake wears off...

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 5:34pm

Cursed Child being a two part play probably hurts the grosses a little, it's still one of the highest grossing plays on Broadway apart from Mockingbird. 

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 5:35pm

LesWickedly said: "Is there anything to be said or to worry about with Harry Potter’s numbers? It seems to be slowly declining each week. Obviously not closing tomorrow, but seems that it might not last years on end."

I do think the 2-part play kills the day-trippers and anyone traveling to NYC with a tight schedule.

Out of curiosity, what is Broadway's longest-running two-part play? Has Potter already taken that title? Angels In America: Perestroika ran in rep for the final year, but a lot of people had already seen Part 1 the year before. Nicholas Nickleby lasted 4 months (not unlike Wolf Hall and Coast Of Utopia and Norman Conquests).

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Posted: 7/8/19 at 5:45pm

This just seems like it was a bad week all around. I mean, yikes, could 4th of July impact sales that much? Everyone's talking about Tootsie's performance last week, and rightly so, but a lot of shows had some really rough weeks.