Broadway got a big boost from Jerry Seinfeld last week, as the comedian’s five-day, 10-performance solo stint brought in a whopping $774,654, turning what would have been a down week into a winner.
Broadway grosses totaled $11,094,360 for Aug. 3-9, up $615,102, or 5.9%, from the previous week’s tally of $10,479,258. If the Seinfeld numbers are factored out, the week’s total would have been off by more than $100,000. Most shows saw upturns at the box office, but “Forever Tango” was off the roster for the first time.
Mostly modest increases ranged from “The Scarlet Pimpernel’s” gain of $62,702 at the top of the list to a nominal increase of $4,804 for “Cats” at the Winter Garden. Four of Broadway’s five plays saw increases, with “Art” leading the way with a gain of $16,247 to $418,859. (Only “Side Man” was down slightly.)
“A View From the Bridge,” now starring Tony Danza, continued to climb back up from the hefty dip it took the first week following Tony winner Anthony LaPaglia’s exit. It gained $16,480, but is still earning less than half its potential.
And while one Jerry cleaned up on Broadway, another struggled. “An Evening With Jerry Herman” earned only $64,247 of a potential $306,017.