Rising temperatures warm shows
Last week temperatures in Gotham climbed back up out of winter lows, while Broadway began an ascent from the dip it took during the prior frame.Nearly every show saw improvements over the previous sesh, with total Rialto grosses increasing by more than $2.3 million to about $17.7 million for 31 shows on the boards. Adding to the cume was the first week of “The Pirate Queen” ($615,584), playing seven perfs to crowds at 85% of capacity. The other big tuner in previews in this play-heavy spring, “Curtains,” took in $556,019 and attracted 80% capacity crowds. Biggest rise of the week was seen by the revival of “Les Miserables” ($672,531), which stepped up by more than $150,000 — perhaps due in part to fans turning out for Lea Salonga (“Miss Saigon”), who played her first full week in the production. “The Lion King” ($1,027,155), “Mary Poppins” ($1,025,733), “Spamalot” ($794,896) and “The Phantom of the Opera” ($655,892) also had a good week, rising by more than $100,000 each. Three recently opened plays — “Talk Radio” ($188,080), “Prelude to a Kiss” ($152,747), and “Journey’s End” ($149,845) — remain on the lower end of the grosses spectrum, although Monday’s raves for Liev Schreiber in “Radio” may goose sales. “The Vertical Hour” ($286,084), played its last, as did the revival of tuner “The Apple Tree” ($364,086). Next up: The week after the daylight saving clock switch, which typically brings a slide at the box office. With daylight saving coming early this year, will this spring be any different?