'Evita,' 'Salesman,' 'Newsies' offset losses at some shows
Fresh shows continued to bring in new coin to the Broadway box office in Week 43 (March 19-25) — but with gains at some productions offset by losses at others, the overall tally upticked only a bit.The top-grossing tyro, “Evita” ($1,410,635), played its first full week of eight previews and stepped even more firmly into the millionaires’ club, powered by the international auds turning out to see Ricky Martin in the familiar Andrew Lloyd Webber title. Meanwhile, the recently opened revival of “Death of a Salesman” ($777,953), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, broke the house record at the Barrymore despite accommodating press tickets and a regular sked of seven perfs rather than the usual eight. Previewing musical “Newsies” ($828,882) also rose, playing seven shows rather than the six of the prior frame, while the starry revival of “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man” ($723,315) gained notable steam in its second frame of eight previews. While all those shows contributed to the Broadway pot, slippage at other productions countered some of the gains. Overall Broadway box office rose about $750,000 to $23 million for 30 shows on the boards. Attendance rose a bit to 247,811. The 22 musicals grossed $19,174,982 for 83.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 203,542 and an average paid admission of $94.21. The eight plays grossed $3,807,457 for 16.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 44,269 and an average paid admission of $86.01.