Departing Broadway shows got a jolt of box office adrenalin last week, but overall sales were down as more than half of the productions on the boards saw receipts dip.
In its final frame, the shuttering, Tony-winning revival “Company” ($448,157) leapt by more than $115,000, while the August Wilson play “Radio Golf” ($255,162), also playing its last perfs, rose by more than $80,000.
Those two offerings saw the largest bumps of the week by far. Total Rialto grosses for the sesh ending July 1 slid to about $19.7 million, down from $20.4 million the prior frame.
“The Color Purple” ($926,853) and “Legally Blonde” ($906,422), two shows in the millionaires’ club the week before, both fell by around $100,000. “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($531,878) dropped by more than $65,000, “Deuce” ($233,648) sank by more than $50,000, and, after about a month of steady growth, “Frost/Nixon” ($505,947) dropped by more than $45,000.
“Spring Awakening” ($758,196), however, held onto the momentum of its eight Tony wins, hitting best-so-far sales figures and playing to more than 98% capacity. But “Grey Gardens” ($439,922), which scored three statues on Tony night, wilted by about $25,000 and announced it wouldn’t make it through the summer. Show closes July 29, when one of the production’s kudos recipients, thesp Mary Louise Wilson, leaves her co-starring role.
“Tarzan” ($635,186), the Disney tuner that posted a surprise closing notice recently, rose by about $30,000 in its penultimate week. Also on the upswing: new tuner “Xanadu” ($199,214), which rose by $25,000.