Broadway saw the inklings of the coming fall rush last week, as previewing musical “Spring Awakening” (pictured above) was joined by Clive Owen in “Old Times” and Sam Rockwell in “Fool for Love,” both starting previews as a prelude to the oncoming tide of autumn openings.
Heading into its final week before its Sept. 27 opening, the Deaf West revival of “Spring Awakening” ($473,074) upticked a bit compared to its first week on the boards. Meanwhile, Owen’s Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “Old Times” ($233,302 for five) started up, playing to houses at 86% of capacity, and Rockwell and Tony winner Nina Arianda’s return to Broadway, “Fool for Love” ($177,278 for six), brought additional new blood to the boards.
Overall, it was a steady week for Broadway, despite a Jewish holiday last Monday and the usual post-Labor Day slowdown, with the two-for-one ticket initiative of Broadway Week probably helping to keep things afloat. Nearly every individual show currently running saw its sales rise compared to the prior week, and the ones that downticked — “Hamilton” ($1,545,346) and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” ($732,079) — were hardly cause for concern.
Megahot “Hamilton” claimed the third rung of the week’s Top 10, behind perennial crowd magnets “The Lion King” ($1,791,791) and “Wicked” ($1,570,535) and ahead of “The Book of Mormon” ($1,478,350) and “Aladdin” ($1,450,679). Also claiming a spot on the Top 10, “Beautiful” ($1,022,113) saw its cume top $100 million.
Overall Broadway sales came in at $21.7 million — about $300,000 more than last week’s tally — and attendance upticked, just slightly, to 215,035 (or a healthy 92% of overall capacity) for 24 shows on the boards.