Columbus Day weekend brought a holiday bump to Broadway, with most shows on the boards logging nice rises in their weekly receipts.
A healthy seven shows topped the $1 million mark — including “Memphis” ($1,002,902), the slow-burn Tony winner that joined the millionaires’ club for the first time in the year the show’s been running. “Promises, Promises” ($1,116,639) and “The Addams Family” ($1,012,044), the latter recovering from the prior frame’s absence of co-topliner Bebe Neuwirth, both returned to the millionaire’s club as well.
Individual jumps of more than $100,000 were common; Disney tourist draws “The Lion King” ($1,544,241) and “Mary Poppins” ($816,840) saw the largest upswings.
Also doing well notably well was Vanessa Redgrave-James Earl Jones starrer “Driving Miss Daisy,” which posted $365,275 for its initial four previews — a robust tally for the first half-week of a play revival. Advance sales for the show also are strong, although it remains to be seen whether weekly B.O. will maintain momentum.
Two other productions joined the Main Stem lineup last week: Almodovar musical adaptation “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” ($225,233 for four perfs) and racially charged tuner “The Scottsboro Boys” ($174,965 for six) were both off to unsurprising slow starts.
Only production to post a major decline last week was “American Idiot” ($567,731), plummeting after the sales spike brought on by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s one-week stint in the show.
Overall Broadway sales rose $2.6 million to about $20 million for 31 shows on the boards. That’s off about $650,000 vs. the same frame last year, when there were 29 shows running. Attendance hit 86% vs. the 87% logged last year.