With Stone appearing alongside fellow topliner Alan Cumming, “Cabaret” ($816,760) approached sales and attendance levels it hasn’t hit since the tourism-fueled weeks of the summer. In the prior frame, Stone’s first week in the show had marked the start of a B.O. influx but was hampered a bit by the previously scheduled, four-performance absence of Cumming.
The bump at “Cabaret” was the most notable rise in a week that saw longrunning topdogs like “The Lion King” ($1,711,467) and “Wicked” ($1,452,509) climb in advance of the Thanksgiving deluge, but proved tougher for a newer addition to the slate like “Honeymoon in Vegas” ($366,136 for seven previews), which started off about as slowly as could be expected for a title that has yet to prove itself to the tourists in town to catch a show.
The recently opened revival of “Side Show” ($419,203) slipped, but that’s to be expected in a window that accommodated the heavily comped opening performance as well as second-night press tickets. It remains to be seen how much the generally enthusiastic reviews can now direct ticketbuyer attention to the Broadway cult-fave.
Sting tuner “The Last Ship” ($497,208) also slowed down a few knots, but it could well pick up a whole lot of steam when he joins the production for a five-week acting stint starting Dec. 9.
But if some newer musicals had trouble gaining traction, star-driven plays continued to power major sales. “It’s Only a Play” ($1,342,409) led the nonmusical list while Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” ($938,509) kept packing them in, Hugh Jackman starrer “The River” ($882,153) stepped back up after its opening week and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” ($903,389) maintained its strength. The starry revival of “A Delicate Balance” ($745,933), with Glenn Close and John Lithgow, slipped somewhat but seems likely to make a comeback now that its own opening week is over.
The overall Broadway total remained about on par with the previous week’s tally, as the cume came in at $26.7 million for 36 shows now running. Attendance also stayed steady, coming in at 262,452.
In all likelihood, every single show on the boards can look forward to a B.O. spike this week, as the long weekend of Thanksgiving brings an annual feast of tourist-powered sales to the boards.