Some shows operate in black
From Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, Broadway’s B.O. usually dips a bit. But so much for tradition this autumn. Several shows reported huge six-figure splurges at the box office, with a few definitely back in the black for the week.
Overall gross could not be determined as four productions in Nederlander theaters had not yet report their receipts late Monday. The B.O. news was upbeat if not exactly back to normal. A source at the TKTS booth said discount sales were “heading in the right direction” but are still off 15% from this time a year ago. New Yorkers took up the slack as out-of-town tourists and their travelers checks made rare appearances at the booth.
Back on track were “42nd Street” and “Contact,” which grossed $722,844 and $349,718 respectively. Those figures are nearly even with where the two musicals were for the week of Sept. 3-9.
“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” actually beat its Labor Day session numbers, taking in $319,155 last week. The Charles Busch comedy is up a nifty $65,765 from the previous week. “Proof” also rose, up $84,353 to close with $315,666. After two weeks of less than 100% capacity, “The Producers” did 101.1% again, taking in a typical $1,088,567.
Some of those endangered long-running musicals were up by six figures: “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom of the Opera” failed to do break-even biz, but having grossed $273,501 and $381,562 respectively, they’re moving close to the plus column. Up $110,795, “Chicago” took in a final $398,094, which could put it in the black for last week. Ditto “The Full Monty,” which zoomed up $102,499 to close with $473,892.
New show “Urinetown” jumped $32,132 for a final $220,874 on its gross potential of $326,484. It played to 90.4% capacity, with its average ticket price at $48.11.
In previews, “Thou Shalt Not” put in its first six perfs, with $236,993 to show for it. “Dance of Death” kicked up another $80,472 to close with $419,314 on its gross potential of $590,179, while the previewing “Hedda Gabler” did $149,182 for its first full week of performances.