The influx of Broadway’s spring break visitors slowed a bit last week, with the majority of shows on the boards posting declines.
Some dips could also be attributed to causes other than the drop in tourism. The largest slide of the week was seen at “Jersey Boys” ($871,955), knocked out of the millionaires’ club by a mid-week underground fire that canceled two perfs.
Meanwhile, “The Addams Family” ($1,240,377) was down due to a comp-heavy week that included the show’s opening night perf, but still managed to report a robust tally. Also slipping a bit was “Million Dollar Quartet” ($291,468), which looks likely to build steam in the wake of strong reviews.
Several tourist-friendly tuners saw declines, with the largest of these logged at “Hair” ($543,340), down by more than $200,000 (or 29%). Two previewing tuners — “Promises, Promises” ($842,540 for seven perfs) and “American Idiot” ($594,235 for seven) — were each off by more than $140,000.
Recently opened plays “Red” ($425,256) and “Lend Me a Tenor” ($416,611) were each up by 27%, both seemingly feeling the effects a favorable press reception can bring. Critical response to Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra dance-ical “Come Fly Away” ($846,561) was a bit more mixed but that didn’t stop that show from seeing receipts uptick as well.
Three shows — “La Cage aux Folles” ($472,826), “Enron” ($213,010 for five perfs) and “Collected Stories” ($60,294 for four perfs) joined the fray last week, while one, “Looped” ($184,514), played its last without a major spike in sales.
Overall B.O. slipped $1.9 million to $22.5 million for 33 shows on the boards. Attendance dropped about 19,000 to 267,431.