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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 1/19/20

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 4:33pm
Click below to access all the Broadway grosses from all the shows for the week ending 1/19/2020 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: A SOLDIER'S PLAY (9.9%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (5.9%), AIN'T TOO PROUD (5.3%), GRAND HORIZONS (5.3%), OKLAHOMA! (4.7%), SLAVE PLAY (2.4%), MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON (2.2%), WICKED (2.2%), MEAN GIRLS (0.6%), TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL (0.6%), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (0.6%), THE LION KING (0.4%), THE BOOK OF MORMON (0.3%), HAMILTON (0.1%),

Down for the week by attendance was: FROZEN (-4.7%), BEETLEJUICE (-3.4%), ALADDIN (-1.5%), CHICAGO (-0.9%), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (-0.9%), JAGGED LITTLE PILL (-0.6%), MOULIN ROUGE! (-0.3%), COME FROM AWAY (-0.1%),

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 4:37pm

Pretty impressive numbers

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 4:40pm

Beetlejuice’s figures continue to defy expectations. Surely there will be an announcement about a transfer soon?

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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 1/19/20#4
Posted: 1/21/20 at 4:49pm

WEST SIDE STORY is making that with only 7 performances? Incredible.

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 4:52pm

I am officially flabbergasted by Beetlejuice's grosses.  While I know that business was picking up, these grosses go beyond the gradual increase that was occurring (leaving out holiday weeks).  I actually wonder whether the final factor in its reaching an entirely different box-office status was all the publicity surrounding its being evicted from the Winter Garden.  It seems to have gotten people off the fence to open their wallets and commit to purchasing tickets.

It is also showing how effective dynamic pricing can be when business would otherwise slump.  MR saw the decreased demand and lowered its prices to ensure that the show continued to be a sellout.  (I have to admit that, despite its selling out every week, I am surprised that MR is not a bigger hit than it appears to be.  Lots of tickets can be gotten in a very reasonable time period...certainly not the case with recent hits, TKAM, Hadestown, and a little further back DEH and Hamilton and BOM and Hello Dolly,  when they were only opened about 6 months.  I was thinking that it would probably run for 5 - 7+ years when it first opened...not thinking that any more.

Finally, and I know it happens all the time, but why did so many people need to wait until the last week to get tickets for Slave Play and Oklahoma.  The theatres could not have been filled solely with multi-time viewers seeing them for one last time.  Both shows should have run much longer than they did...a real shame.  I knew some folks who couldn't get tickets.  They expected me to feel bad that they missed it, to which I responded that they would have seen it if they hadn't sat on their a--es for so long.

 
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Posted: 1/21/20 at 4:56pm

ukpuppetboy said: "Beetlejuice’s figures continue to defy expectations. Surely there will be an announcement about a transfer soon?"

 

I'm sure producers are looking into it. All a matter of finding a theater. I wonder if Rubin would let them extend until the end of June at least? Then shut the show down for two weeks to move.

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 5:06pm

Well it's complicated for sure. It's not even finding a theater problem as much as a money problem. It would mean redesigning sets to fit into a different theater which will cost at least a million dollars. And who is going to cover that cost... the theater owners? the producers? who? 

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 5:06pm

Rudin will never let them extend. never

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 5:21pm

Sincere question: how low would the incredibly long-runners need to drop in order to close? We know that Chicago has a very low nut. We know Phantom does boffo business during all tourist-heavy times. I'm not suggesting that I want them to close, and I know that there is no evidence that they're near closing. But in a very real way, I'm curious what it would take. Do they have another decade in them? Another TWO? With so many shows (also including Wicked and The Lion King) being full-blown intsitutions at this point, we're in unprecedented territory, so it just makes me curious.

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 5:43pm

Sauja said: "Sincere question: how low would the incredibly long-runners need to drop in order to close? We know that Chicago has a very low nut. We know Phantom does boffo business during all tourist-heavy times. I'm not suggesting that I want them to close, and I know that there is no evidence that they're near closing. But in a very real way, I'm curious what it would take. Do they have another decade in them? Another TWO? With so many shows (also including Wicked and The Lion King) being full-blown intsitutions at this point, we're in unprecedented territory, so it just makes me curious."

Wicked and Lion King would be grosses under $800K, Phantom is under $700K, and Chicago is likely $550K, all of which would have to hover around these number for a prolonged period ie 3 months, for producers to consider closing them. The longer a show runs through the more streamlined costs become as things become somewhat of a science,as producers learn overtime where they can cut costs to save money.   Ironically Wicked and Chicago are in two of the least desirable theaters for most producers. The Gershwin is massive and doesn't have the best location, and the Ambassador just has a weird stage configuration that would be a problem for most productions. 

 

In terms of the other long running shows  The Book of Mormon's nut is probably in the $650K range and Aladdin is likely $950K. For Aladdin though, this wouldn't be running cost so much as Disney would decided at that point that the it would be reasonable to close Aladdin to make room for a new production. This is arguably why many think/have stated on previous boards that if Frozen continued to fall below $1M a week Disney might pull the plug and fast track Hercules for the 2020 - 2021 season, and or open a limited engagement revival of Beauty and the Beast which seems to be waiting in the wings.

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Posted: 1/21/20 at 11:53pm

ukpuppetboy said: "Beetlejuice’s figures continue to defy expectations. Surely there will be an announcement about a transfer soon?"

But which theater could it move to? 

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Posted: 1/22/20 at 12:03am
Chicago’s nut is well well 550,000. Chicago is closer to, if not less than, 300,000
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Posted: 1/22/20 at 9:45am

Chicago's nut, for sure, is not 550k.

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Posted: 1/23/20 at 10:36pm

Jarethan said: "Finally, and I know it happens all the time, but why did so many people need to wait until thelast week to get tickets for Slave Play and Oklahoma. The theatres could not have been filled solely with multi-time viewers seeing them for one last time. Both shows should have run much longer than they did...a real shame. I knew some folks who couldn't get tickets. They expected me to feel bad that they missed it, to which I responded that they would have seen it if they hadn't sat on their a--es for so long.

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I know there were a couple of people who had seen Oklahoma multiple times who continued to go towards the end of the run. Personally, I was away for December so I couldn't see it again until January. Though I think the holidays usually create a spike in ticket sales, don't they? 

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Posted: 1/23/20 at 10:58pm
Do you think they’d completely redesign / rethink Beetlejuice for a different theater? Or close and just go out on tour?
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Posted: 1/24/20 at 1:08am
Beetlejuice absolutely will not be moving to a different theater. Even if a suitable theater were available, which is not the case, the producers are not willing to spend the tens of millions of dollars it would take to remount the show.
And before anyone asks, this is not merely speculation.
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Posted: 1/24/20 at 7:05am
re: Beetlejuice

I also think they have leveraged this situation to their advantage. Which is partially responsible for the uptick in the box office.

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Posted: 1/24/20 at 1:17pm

trpguyy said: "Beetlejuice absolutely will not be moving to a different theater. Even if a suitable theater were available, which is not the case, the producers are not willing to spend the tens of millions of dollars it would take to remount the show.
And before anyone asks, this is not merely speculation.
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"Tens of millions"?  Really???  LOL

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Posted: 1/24/20 at 1:41pm

JSquared2 said: "trpguyy said: "Beetlejuice absolutely will not be moving to a different theater. Even if a suitable theater were available, which is not the case, the producers are not willing to spend the tens of millions of dollars it would take to remount the show.
And before anyone asks, this is not merely speculation.
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"Tens of millions"? Really??? LOL
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I love when people blow their own credibility so adeptly.