The kickoff to the spring-break season and the addition of four more shows to the lineup helped give Broadway a boost last week, pushing total cume up by $3.5 million to $18.6 million for 29 shows on the boards.
Among the newbies, Robin Williams topliner “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” ($409,304 for four perfs) posted strong numbers, particularly for a new play in its initial previews, but even that was topped, in terms of per-perf tally, by the first few shows of the short run of “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony” ($345,677 for three), which attracted auds at almost 99% of capacity. Other tyros chipping coin into the Rialto pot were “Catch Me If You Can” ($284,359 for three perfs) and “Anything Goes” ($381,680 for five).
But in terms of packed houses, the most crowded perfs of the frame were at “The Book of Mormon” ($652,285), hitting standing-room capacity of 101.2% that just topped the 100% logged by B.O. juggernaut “Wicked” ($1,545,232).
Meanwhile, the sesh’s press firestorm over the new creative team of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” ($1,360,683) doesn’t seem to have yet hurt the show’s sales. The tuner was one of just three productions to post receipts of more than $1 million, just behind that other Julie Taymor-helmed outing, “The Lion King” ($1,498,910).
With the majority of enduring big-name musicals attracting a great deal of the spring-break biz, “The Addams Family” ($721,811) was down by around $90,000. In some ways, though, that could be taken as a good sign: Last week was the show’s first without topliner Nathan Lane, with understudy Merwin Foard playing the lead role of Gomez. The relatively minor B.O. drop following Lane’s exit seemingly indicates the musical’s appeal may not be as Lane-driven as some observers previously suspected. (Roger Rees steps into the part March 22.)