Broadway saw an increase in attendance over the long Labor Day weekend, which helped the theater’s box sales.
The 21 shows that were running for the week ending September 4 made $25,329,740 and were 90% full. Both numbers increased from the previous week by 8% and 4%, respectively.
Due to the long weekend, several of the family-friendly musicals that suffered last week as students started going back to school enjoyed a surge this week. Gross gains of at least 6% and capacity increases of at least 8% were seen for “Aladdin,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Wicked,” respectively.
The three productions with the highest box office totals were “The Music Man,” “Hamilton,” and “Into the Woods.” All Broadway productions, with the exception of “A Strange Loop” and “The Lion King,” saw an increase in box office receipts.
“Dear Evan Hansen” and “MJ” were the only two productions to play to capacity for a second consecutive week. However, every Broadway production was 80% or more full.
The Broadway production of “Mr. Saturday Night” ended on a high note
The Broadway production of “Mr. Saturday Night” ended on a high note. The musical starring Billy Crystal had its highest-earning week after seven performances, bringing in $1,014,614. The performance was 98% full. These numbers have increased by 18% and 10%, respectively, over the previous week.
Before the cast changes that took place on September 6th, the original Broadway revival cast of “Into the Woods” performed their final show on Sunday. The show played to 99% capacity and brought in $1,867,861, up 16% and 5% respectively.
Funny Girl earned $659,874 in its final week
The musical “Funny Girl” earned $659,874 in its final week of regular performances starring Julie Benko as Fanny Brice, an increase of 15%, and was 79 percent full, an increase of 11%. From now on, Benko will perform on Thursdays after Lea Michele replaces Brice on September 6.
Last week, “A Strange Loop” only had seven performances, and its Sunday matinee was cancelled. The new musical played at 89% capacity, down 5%, and brought in $573,890, down less than 1%.
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