NEW YORK — The Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line” kicked its way into the top 10 during its first week of previews, while the rest of the Rialto was mostly treading water for Week 17 (Sept. 18-24) during the annual September slowdown.
Playing seven perfs during its first frame, “Chorus Line” ($759,599) played to audiences of more than 97% capacity. That’s a boffo opening salvo, but the coming weeks will determine whether that initial burst of biz is a marker of long-term audience interest or just an early surge caused by curious “Line” devotees.
The week’s other new additions to the boards made less impressive debuts. Manhattan Theater Club’s comedy “Losing Louie” grossed $101,064 for five shows, while “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” brought in a dispiriting $55,064 for a full week of eight perfs.
In the top 10, “Jersey Boys” ($1,167,994) stayed strong in the No. 2 slot behind “Wicked” ($1,367,250). It joined the Usher-fueled “Chicago” ($781,544) as one of two Rialto offerings to play to full houses.
“The Lion King” ($851,985) held steady from the prior week, but still showed a thus-far rare vulnerability to seasonal shifts in Broadway sales. A recent, extended engagement by a road production in nearby Philadelphia may have contributed to the drop in sales.
Meanwhile, below the top 10, “The Wedding Singer” ($433,503) saw the biggest dip of the week, while “The Producers” ($472,145) played to just 50% of capacity. Expect continued chatter among legiters questioning the longevity of both.
Overall, Broadway sales totaled $13,926,860 for 23 shows on the boards, a rise from the previous week (thanks mostly to “A Chorus Line”) and about $1 million more than 24 shows brought in for the same sesh last fall.
The 19 musicals grossed $12,840,612 for 92.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 132,462 at 64.2% capacity.
The four plays grossed $1,086,248 for 7.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 17,250 at 74.8% capacity.
Average paid admission was $96.94 for musicals, $62.97 for plays and $77.57 for all shows.