Broadway gets modest boost

Labor Day offers upswing before fall downturn

Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn.

Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) benefited from holiday traffic by climbing a healthy $125,000, while “Gypsy” ($757,129) stepped up by almost $100,000.

Other tourist-friendly tuners posting gains included “Mary Poppins” ($939,867), rising more than $60,000, and “Chicago” ($604,213), capping off a relatively robust summer by playing to 93% capacity. Tony-winning play “August: Osage County” ($551,883) bumped up about $45,000.

The street’s total cume, however, was off, falling $180,000 to $17.2 million for 24 shows on the boards (or about $18 million including estimated grosses for “Young Frankenstein”). Drop can largely be attributed to the absence of recently shuttered “Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy,” as well as the fact that “The Phantom of the Opera” ($483,917) played only four perfs due to a scheduled upgrade of the Majestic Theater’s sound system.

Also off was “Grease” ($570,245), which played only seven perfs due to an air conditioner malfunction that scuttled the production’s Sunday night show.

Otherwise, losses were mostly unremarkable.

The only previewing tuner on the Rialto, “A Tale of Two Cities” ($412,356), played to 72% capacity auds in its second week of previews, on the way toward a Sept. 18 opening.

More Legit

  • Until the Flood review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Until the Flood,' a Docu-Drama Set in Ferguson, Mo.

    Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn. Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) […]

  • Turner, Warner Bros. Launching New Movie

    Turner, Warner Bros. Launching Movie SVOD Service FilmStruck Internationally

    Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn. Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) […]

  • Hello, Dolly! Bette Midler

    Broadway Box Office: Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen Help Keep Street's Spirits High

    Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn. Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) […]

  • Keegan-Michael Key

    Stagecraft Podcast: Why Keegan-Michael Key Craves the Green Lights

    Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn. Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) […]

  • RWS Entertainment Group Marquee Holland America

    RWS Entertainment Launches Theatrical Development Department (EXCLUSIVE)

    Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn. Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) […]

  • John Lithgow Stories By Heart

    Broadway Review: 'John Lithgow: Stories by Heart'

    Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn. Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) […]

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive Monte Cristo Award (EXCLUSIVE)

    Most Broadway shows saw modest increases at the box office last week, getting a Labor Day weekend boost before the upcoming back-to-school downturn. Heading into its final frame on the boards, “Rent” ($796,662) was up a hefty $160,000 as auds turned out to catch the show before its Sept. 7 closing. “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($642,920) […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content