'Red' recoups, 'Fences' posts healthy gain
NEW YORK — The Tony Awards were reflected at the Broadway box office in Week 4, netting major gains for winning attractions, which helped offset downturns at other shows.
Just before the show closed June 27, producers announced the six-trophy Tony winner “Red” recouped its $2.25 million investment.
“Red” wasn’t the only show to hit a major benchmark last week. Denzel Washington/Viola Davis starrer “Fences” broke the house record at the Cort for the fourth time, raking in $1.1 million (up 7% over the previous week) from standing-room-only auds.
“The Addams Family” ($1,339,693) continued to thumb its nose at lukewarm reviews and awards snubs; It ranked third for the frame, behind only “Wicked” ($1,620,876) and “The Lion King” ($1,527,708).
Otherwise, many shows that either didn’t win an award or have been playing for more than a season were down. Major dips came from Twyla Tharp dance show “Come Fly Away” ($667,096), down $139,770 after “Fela!” ($628,783) nabbed the choreography Tony; and David Mamet’s drama “Race,” down $104,892 and dipping below the 50% mark in attendance capacity.
Overall, the total on the slate (about $22 million) reps a gain of about $1.1 million over the same frame last year, likely owing to the preponderance of starry shows.
The 25 musicals grossed $19,410,486 for 88.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 217,287 at 81.3% capacity and average paid admission of $89.33.
The five plays grossed $2,546,709 for 11.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 26,582 at 73.4% capacity and average paid admission of $95.81.
Average paid admission was $90.04 for all shows.