B.O. hits $19.3 mil after daylight savings dip
Total Broadway grosses jumped by nearly $2 million during the week ending Nov. 12, hitting a healthy $19.3 million.Figures had dipped over the prior frame thanks to the annual dropoff caused by the daylight saving time change. Last year — before the $110 top ticket price was as prevalent as it is today — the same post-daylight saving rally hit $17.7 million. In the top 10, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($948,413) saw a surge in biz, climbing to the No. 4 slot, and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” ($891,891) added a 12th perf to its packed weekly sked and swelled by more than $200,000. Julianne Moore’s Broadway debut attracted crowds, with the first four previews of “The Vertical Hour” ($309,000) pulling in 97% capacity auds. Among other previewing shows, “Company” ($440,722) gained some steam, while “Voyage” ($201,078), the first part of “The Coast of Utopia” trilogy at Lincoln Center, cut down to three well-sold perfs in order to accommodate rehearsals for the second part of Tom Stoppard’s epic. As for recently opened Rialto offerings, “Les Miserables” brought in $653,764 during its opening week (an improvement over the dip it saw the previous sesh), and “Grey Gardens” ($468,979) continued to build momentum. Meanwhile, “The Wedding Singer” ($506,741), set to close at the end of the year, saw an unusually large jump of more than $130,000, and “The Producers” ($601,911) recovered somewhat from a particularly bad frame the prior week.