“The Woman in White” is no wallflower. The latest Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner to arrive on Broadway roared out of the starting gate, taking in a boffo $351,682 for its first three previews.
Attendance was up at 95.7% of capacity. That’s better than half the entries in the top 10, which may have to make room for the lady when she puts in seven performances next week. (The show begins a full eight-show sked the following week.)
Otherwise, biz fell a bit for the week ending Oct. 30, with grosses for 29 shows tallying $15,191,023, down $657,208 from the previous week. Drops were reported nearly across the board, even if the total reps a solid sum for a sesh that, in recent years, hasn’t earned much more than $14.5 million.
Biggest stumbles came from “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($429,747), “Fiddler on the Roof” ($471,149) and “Sweet Charity” ($444,683), all falling more than $100,000 from the previous week.
(The steepest dip, actually, came from “The Odd Couple,” down $170,755 to $707,216, thanks to a heavily comped opening week. But no one’s too worried about the sold-out smash.)
The trailer for “The Producers” ($821,699), which hit theaters Oct. 21, hasn’t seemed to goose biz yet; show was down $45,120.
Along with “Woman in White,” two more shows joined the fray, with “Seascape” ($55,716) and “Souvenir” ($35,634) playing three previews each.
Playing to just 31% of capacity, “Souvenir” joins a sparsely attended club that includes foundering shows “Latinologues” ($72,391) and “In My Life” ($126,713).