Broadway Box Office: Glenn Close Tips ‘A Delicate Balance’ Toward Strong Start

The Broadway revival of “A Delicate Balance” got off to a stellar start last week, as a cast that includes Glenn Close — appearing in her first Main Stem gig in 20 years — pushed the play into the Top 10.

Playing to full houses and posting an average price paid per ticket of almost $134,”Delicate Balance” ($884,596) easily broke the box office record at the 802-seat Golden Theater, where the show earned a tally that puts it into the heavyhitter range of Bette Midler topliner “I’ll Eat You Last,” another sales juggernaut that ran in one of Broadway’s smaller theaters. (The Golden’s prior record was set at about $733,000 by “Driving Miss Daisy.”) Along with Close, the production of one of Edward Albee’s best-known plays benefits from a formidable cast that also includes John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan and Martha Plimpton, among others.

“Delicate Balance” pushed up to the ninth spot in the week’s Top 10, behind “Motown” ($1,112,901) and ahead of last season’s Tony champ “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” ($880,771). The show was one of only two non-musical titles to land in the Top 10 last week, alongside star-laden comedy “It’s Only a Play” ($1,376,686), which broke the house record at the Schoenfeld for the second week in a row.

Among other promising signs of strength on the chart, the newly opened “On the Town” ($837,948) took a healthy step up even in a week that accommodated second-night press seats. “Disgraced” ($362,147) climbed only a bit, but that’s a good sign in a frame that included press performances and a heavily comped opening night.

Sting musical “The Last Ship” ($546,914) also opened last week, and although it logged a decline, it wasn’t a drastic one. Reviews this morning were a mixed bag but most critics gave a thumbs-up to Sting’s score, which will likely prove useful to producers and marketers as they set out to boost the production’s sales momentum.

Meanwhile, “Cinderella” ($527,427) continued to fluctuate with relatively new cast members Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd, while “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” ($600,961) climbed in star Michael C. Hall’s second week in the show.

With Broadway’s overall attendance of 255,078 coming in essentially on par with the prior frame’s total, the Rialto cume downticked slightly to $25.9 million for 32 shows on the boards.

In the coming week, “The Real Thing” ($446,622) — with another boldface-heavy marquee that includes Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal — opens, and the revival of “Side Show,” highly anticipated among theater avids, launches into previews tomorrow.

 

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