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Broadway Box Office: Tony Nominations Help ‘Fun Home’ Fly

What a difference a dozen makes. The modestly scaled Broadway musical “Fun Home” saw weekly sales climb by almost $100,000, or more than 20%, after nabbing 12 Tony nominations last week.

Fun Home” ($531,985) — which plays in one of Broadway’s smallest venues, the 730-seat Circle in the Square — was already on its way up after scoring raves from the critics following its April 19 opening, but the Tonys helped give the show an extra push upward in a week that saw overall Broadway attendance and box office slip. The other musical to snag 12 noms, “An American in Paris” ($1,220,231), had already built an impressive head of steam and essentially held steady last week, while another favorite of the nominating committee, revival “The King and I” ($998,387), nudged a million.

“Something Rotten!” ($801,033) logged its best numbers yet after walking away with 10 nominations, and “On the 20th Century” ($489,687) baby-stepped up, but Tony attention didn’t always mean immediate elevation. New play “Hand to God” ($346,364), which notched five nods, barely budged, “The Visit” ($194,145) didn’t crack $200,000, and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” ($631,589) and “On the Town” ($501,640) — both of which have been around since the fall — slipped. “Wolf Hall” ($724,737) downshifted a bit too.

Meanwhile, two shows entirely ignored by the nominators didn’t seem to suffer much: “Doctor Zhivago” ($515,163) rose a bit, and “Finding Neverland” ($1,03,498) held firm in the millionaires’ club. And the nominated plays that were already selling well — Helen Mirren starrer “The Audience” ($1,166,293 for seven) and Bill Nighy-Carey Mulligan outing “Skylight” ($776,373) — continued to do so, as did Larry David topliner “Fish in the Dark” ($1,158,381), which didn’t get any Tony love but didn’t need it anyway.

Overall, Broadway’s cumulative numbers declined as attendance slowed by more than 15,000 to 269,518 and box office fell $1.4 million to $26.3 million for 35 shows on the boards. The only older show to climb last week was “Chicago” ($598,993), getting a bump when Brandy began her stint in the lead role.

Two shows closed, with Elisabeth Moss starrer “The Heidi Chronicles” ($378,471) getting a nice 20% rise in last-minute sales but “Living on Love” ($160,105) hardly gaining at all. Looking like it may need to exit soon was musical “It Shoulda Been You” ($350,281), off more than 20%.

Broadway’s cume will likely continue to deflate a bit in the coming couple of weeks, as tourism takes a breath before returning in earnest after Memorial Day.

 

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