Musical joins Broadway millionaire’s club
“Legally Blonde” pledged an exclusive sorority this week: the Broadway millionaire’s club. The film-based tuner earned $1,003,282 in week 4, topping its box office performance last week and coasting past the $1 million mark for the first time since it opened April 29.
Reps for the bubbly pop tuner say the core audience of mothers and daughters was instrumental in helping the show establish its footing on Broadway but a broader cross-section has been steadily pumping its grosses.
Tony acclaim for lead actor Frank Langella continued to buoy “Frost/Nixon,” which also had its best week to date, grossing $551,713), while lack of top-tier awards hasn’t hurt “Mary Poppins.” The Disney-Cameron Mackintosh co-production continued to play to capacity, with a haul of $1,213,951.
Elsewhere in the top 10, the Broadway panorama remained largely unchanged. One of four shows playing to 100%, along with “The Lion King,” “Jersey Boys” and “Poppins,” “Wicked” continues to lead the pack with a gross of $1,445,474.
“Spring Awakening” appears to have crested after last week’s $80,000 jump — its box office closed slightly less than last week at a still strong $721,071, regis-tering 98.5% capacity.
A number of shows clocked jumps as their announced closing dates draw nearer.
The abrupt two weeks’ notice given Friday by Disney’s “Tarzan” may have been responsible for a 17% boost and a hike of close to $90,000, bringing the week’s total to $605,781. With a cume to date after a little more than a year on the boards of $ 41.4 million, the tuner reps a rare miss for the Mouse.
“Radio Golf” and “Company” both saw upswings in their box office as final perfs approach on July 1, while “Talk Radio” took in a full $95,820 more in its closing week, climbing by 43% to $319,853. The one-week extension of “LoveMusik” didn’t seem to help the Kurt Weill-Lotte Lenya biotuner much; the show’s receipts dropped $69,072 before its closing on June 24.
Word of mouth on “Xanadu” continues to boost the screen-to-stage spoof in previews, providing a jolt of nearly $22,000 and upping capacity to 80%. The mu-sical has delayed its opening to July 10.