Business on the road was up 5.9% during Week 46 (April 15 to 21), although nearly as many productions reported falling profits as rising ones.
Receipts for the 23 shows totaled a strong $8,607,510. Twelve productions reported better figures than they had the previous week, nine headed south and one stayed even. Another show – a revival of “A Little Night Music” in Los Angeles – opened to decent figures.
The usual heavy-hitters – the various productions of “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom Of The Opera” – showed no signs of slowing, nor did “Cats,” with another good week in the heartland, and “The Heidi Chronicles” in Washington, D.C.
“Lend Me A Tenor” was a bit flat in Florida, while “Sarafina!” was blown away in Chicago. “Ziegfeld: A Night At The Follies” was up in Baltimore, as was “M. Butterfly” in Detroit. “A Chorus Line” was down a little from the previous week, but still high-kicking for a split week.
“Tru” was up during its second week back in Los Angeles, but figures are still on the so-so side. “Ken Hill’s Phantom Of The Opera,” also on a split week, was on the upswing. “The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” meanwhile, was slim in Nashville, its last stop before a five-week layoff.
Estimates for last week
Ziegfeld: A Night At The Follies (M-Rev), Mechanic ($42.50; 1,564; $414,048) (4/2/91-4/28/91). PW, $280,600. Last (3rd) wk, $311,207.
Les Miserables (M-1st Co.), Auditorium ($42.50-$50; 2,411; $734,168) (3/16/91-6/9/91). PW, $648,262. Last (5th) wk, $665,388.
Sarafina! (M), New Regal ($35; 2,288; $450,000) (4/9/91-4/21/91). PW, $166,168. Last (2nd, final) wk, $148,832.
M. Butterfly (P), Fisher ($35; 2,089; $354,780) (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $198,889 at the Shubert, New Haven (E). Last (3rd) wk, $240,811.
A Chorus line (M), (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $594,175 at Providence PAC, Providence. Last wk, $496,210 at the Warner Theater, Erie, Pa. (3perf) and Shea’s Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y. (5perf).
Lend Me A Tenor (P), Parker Playhouse ($33; 1,200; $297,000) (4/9/91-4/28/91). PW, $191,975. Last (2nd) wk, $194,083.
Phantom OfThe Opera (M-2nd Co.), Broward ($45-$55; 2,608; $924,780) (2/26/91-5/5/91). PW, $933,450. Last (8th) wk, $929,799.
Grand Hotel (M), Jones Hall ($33.50; 3,001; $710,720) (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $479,106 at the Denver Center, Denver. Last wk, $414,839.
Cats (M-BT), (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $529,857 at the Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Ind. (3perf), Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill. (1perf) and Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (4perf). Last wk, $560,067 at Rupp Arena, Lexington (2perf), Robert Stadium, Evansville, Ind. (1perf) and the Nutter Center, Dayton (3perf).
A Little Night Music (M), Doolittle ($45; 1,007; $265,885) (1pr, 7perf) (4/18/91-6/30/91). Last (1st) wk, $161,438 (1pr, 7perf).
Love Letters (P), Canon Theater ($30; 384; $87,860) (4/17/90-OE). PW, $59,298. Last (53rd) wk, $71,852.
Phantom OfThe Opera (M-1st Co.), Ahmanson ($50; 2,024; $724,665) (5/31/89-OE). PW, $713,959. Last (99th) wk, $713,920.
Tru (So), Fonda ($40; 863; $248,550) (4/9/91-5/5/91). PW, $126,393. Last (2nd) wk, $168,893.
Peter Pan (M-R), (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $353,155 at Carr PAC, Orlando. Last wk, $272,848 at the King Center, Melbourne, Fla. (3perf) and Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville, Fla. (5perf).
Les Miserables (M), Theatre St. Denis ($C55; 1,750; $C525,000) (1/17/91-OE). PW, $C482,207, $419,310 (U.S.). Last (14th) wk, $C420,087, $365,293 (U.S.).
Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber (M), Tennessee PAC ($37.50; 2,418; $685,804) (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $393,522 at the Taft, Cincinnati. Last wk, $332,620.
Ken Hill’s Phantom OfThe Opera (M), (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $268,022 (6perf) at DeVos Hall, Grand Rapids. Last wk, $318,502 at the Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh (3perf) and the Palace, Cleveland (5perf).
Greater Tuna (P), Spreckels ($27.50; 981; $191,785) (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $111,924 (4perf) at the Majestic, San Antonio. Last wk, $73,310.
Les Miserables (M-B& T), Opera House ($31.50-$37.50; 2,624; $630,497) (4/16/91-4/21/91). PW, $593,255 at Fifth Ave. Theater, Seattle. Last wk, $609,713.
Dry Lips Ought To Move To Kapuskasing (P), Royal Alexandra ($C45; 1,497; $C275,000) (4/13/91-5/25/91). PW, $C39,935, $34,726 (U.S.) (3pr). Last (2nd) wk , $C252,159, $219,269 (U.S.).
Phantom OfThe Opera (M-3d Co.), Pantages ($C70-$C85; 2,199; $C1,228,268) (9/12/89-OE). PW, $C1,087,795, $945,909 (U.S.). Last (83rd) wk, $C1,138,425, $989,935 (U.S.).
Forever Plaid (M), Ford’s ($28-$30; 699; $134,965) (3/17/91-OE). PW, $68,000 (E). Last (5th) wk, $70,000 (E).
Heidi Chronicles (P), Eisenhower ($33.50-$38.50; 1, 110; $274,278) (3/19/91-4/28/91). PW, $286,519. Last (5th) wk, $278,681.
Reading the Road Grosses
Abbreviations and explanations for tour shows are the same as for Broadway with the following additions: (TR) tryout, (BT) bus and truck shows, (Lp) local productions. Dates indicate when the engagements begin and end, but (OE) means open-end bookings. As with Broadway boxoffice reports, the quoted receipts figures for touring and local non-New York productions represent the net amount, that is, after deduction of subscription discounts and theater party, credit card, computer and other sales commissions.