The Grinch hasn’t just stolen Christmas. He’s also snatched the No. 1 position on Broadway away from perennial top dog “Wicked.”
Of course, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” performs a whopping 12 times per week, vs. the standard eight-perf week of the still-boffo “Wicked.”
And any B.O. domination will necessarily be short-lived, since “Grinch” ends its seasonal run Jan. 7.
But with a holiday musical in the top slot, Broadway is feeling the holiday cheer, as December tourism boosted grosses for most shows for Week 28 (Dec. 4-10).
“The Phantom of the Opera” jumped by more than $130,000, one of the largest bumps of the week.
“The Vertical Hour” did strong biz, playing to houses at 95% capacity (not including a spate of comps for latecoming press), while “Company” broke the house record at the Barrymore.
Among shows that fell last week were “The Wedding Singer,” down a bit as it heads toward its Dec. 31 closing, and “The Little Dog Laughed,” still working to pull in crowds.
“Spring Awakening” ($182,541) dipped in its comp-heavy preem week, but since the tuner scored a slew of enthusiastic reviews Dec. 11, box office wraps have been “very good,” according to producer Jeffrey Richards.
“It seems to be heading toward solidity,” he said of the show.
The 27 musicals grossed $19,625,522 for 92.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 245,246 at 93.3% capacity.
The five plays grossed $1,593,206 for 7.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 26,447 at 77.9% capacity.
Average paid admission was $66.66 for musicals, $60.24 for plays and $78.10 for all shows.