'Bridge' hangs on but overall B.O. plunges
The Ides of June brought chaos to Broadway. The week ended down $938,054 from the previous, taking in $12,379,682. Of the 29 shows still open, all but 11 experienced drops.
Among those standouts, those shows on their way (or seemingly on the way out) proved in the greatest demand. Tony-winning best revival legiter “A View From the Bridge,” broke the downward trend and posted the week’s largest increase of $19,032. The Miller revival took $222,797 of a possible $469,066 last week. It’s not clear if the legiter will shutter on July 19, when lead Anthony LaPaglia departs. The play is capitalizing on the crush to see LaPaglia’s last performances, for which he won the Tony for best actor in a play. Negotiations were under way last week for Tony Danza to step into LaPaglia’s role, co-producer Roy Gabay confirmed, and fellow “View” producer Liz McCann said the talks were continuing this week.
‘Freak’ of the week
The John Leguizamo-powered one-man show “Freak,” which closes on July 4, also enjoyed a lift, increasing in last week’s take by $17,932 to take $270,841 of a possible $283,266. Leguizamo will leave the Cort Theater to star in the new Frank Whaley helmed pic, “Pleasant View Avenue” which also stars Noah Fleiss, Val Kilmer and Ethan Hawke. Pic began lensing in Staten Island earlier this month.
Likewise breaking from the pack was “The Sunshine Boys,” which is in its final weeks. The Neil Simon revival gained $17,358 to take $138,870 of a possible $327,358. The show is believed to be losing money in its final weeks, but is benefiting from the interest in the Tony Randall-Jack Klugman onstage reunion. Talks concerning London tour are still circulating, but no deal has been reached.
The Liam Neeson starrer “The Judas Kiss,” set to shutter on Aug. 2, benefited from its high-profile lead to take $335,987. Also benefiting from its last weeks, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” managed an uptick in a down week, grabbing $8,584 more than the previous week.