'Iceman' cometh with new B.O. record
Broadway was on the rebound last week. Despite a low-rated and heavily criticized Tony awards show June 6, Broadway box offices registered increases to the tune of $1,007,566 for the week, with the total gross reaching $12,395,615, an 8.8% rise over the previous week, the first of the new season.Figures were up virtually across the board, with only a handful of shows seeing downturns, and “The Iceman Cometh” setting a new B.O. record for a straight play on Broadway. There was bittersweet news at the five shows that played their last performances Sunday, as all saw substantial increases for their final weeks. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” led the pack, as audiences rushed to see the Tony-winning perfs of Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart. The show more than doubled its B.O. from the prior week, climbing by $150,564 to $286,185. Frank Wildhorn tuner “The Civil War” was up by $70,050 to $344,985 for its last week at the St. James, while plays “Via Dolorosa,” “Not About Nightingales” and “The Lonesome West” also saw major increases. With those five shows off the boards, the B.O. should dip significantly next week. Also making a significant gain was “Peter Pan,” which climbed by $225,864 to $391,498 as it returned to a full schedule following the interruptions during the prior week (its Gershwin home was host to the Tonys). “Iceman Cometh” at the Brooks Atkinson Theater set a record for a straight play on Broadway by grossing $531,592 for seven performances. The previous record was held by “The Tempest,” which for the Christmas/New Year’s week of 1995 grossed $527,742.