Broadway Box Office: Spring Flings for ‘Skylight,’ ‘Something Rotten!’

Spring break at New York City public schools helped Broadway stay warm last week, as families with free time and new shows gaining momentum — like the well-reviewed revival of “Skylight,” pictured above — kept numbers robust.

Skylight” ($749,843), the revival of the David Hare play starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, gained 20% compared to the prior week, fueled by the enthusiastic reviews the show earned following its April 2 opening. Also gaining steam was previewing musical comedy “Something Rotten!” ($619,159 for seven previews), up 22% despite playing one fewer performance than the previous frame.

Other titles adding to the Broadway pot included shows ramping up to a full schedule or gaining momentum (or both), including “Gigi” ($635,256), rising despite accommodating an opening night and press comps; “Hand to God” ($282,901), also up in its opening week and likely to go higher on the backs of strong reviews; and “Fun Home” ($401,034), which opens Sunday. “Finding Neverland” ($1,129,481) barely budged, despite all the press tickets handed out in advance of its April 15 opening.

Recent Tony winners such as “Beautiful” ($1,057,902), “Kinky Boots” ($1,082,034) and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” ($712,576) also bumped up notably, perhaps indicating that, at this point in their lifespans, those shows pique the most curiosity among more local Broadway spring-breakers than among tourists from farther afield. The well-reviewed but often sales-challenged revival of “On the Town” ($752,482) climbed by almost $190,000, one of the biggest sales jumps of the week.

Among plays, Larry David starrer “Fish in the Dark” ($1,169,986) and Helen Mirren topliner “The Audience” ($1,143,548) led the pack. “It’s Only a Play” ($694,877), with Nathan Lane back in the title role, climbed significantly, even though Lane was out sick for one performance.

Overall Broadway sales held steady at $29.5 million for 35 shows now running, with attendance rising slightly to about 297,000.

With the spring break season mostly passed, overall Broadway sales will likely slip somewhat this week, but good press for shows like “Hand to God” and the just-opened “An American in Paris” ($826,417 for seven, including opening and press perfs) seems sure to push individual titles higher.

More Legit

  • Paul McCartney Has Penned Score for

    Paul McCartney Has Been Secretly Writing an 'It's a Wonderful Life' Musical

    The pop superstar who once released a movie and album called “Give My Regards to Broad Street” really does have designs on Broadway, after all. It was revealed Wednesday that Paul McCartney has already written a song score for a stage musical adaptation of the 1946 Frank Capra film classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The [...]

  • The Night of the Iguana review

    West End Review: 'The Night of the Iguana' With Clive Owen

    If Tennessee Williams is the poet laureate of lost souls, none of his characters as are off-grid as the restless travelers trying to make it through his little-seen 1961 play, “The Night of the Iguana.” Holed up in a remote Mexican homestay, its ragtag itinerants live hand-to-mouth, day by day, as they seek refuge from [...]

  • Moulin Rouge Broadway

    Listen: The Special Sauce in Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge!'

    There are songs in the new Broadway version of “Moulin Rouge!” that weren’t in Baz Luhrmann’s hit movie — but you probably know them anyway. They’re popular tunes by superstars like Beyoncé, Adele and Rihanna, released after the 2001 movie came out, and they’ll probably unleash a flood of memories and associations in every audience [...]

  • Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac

    Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to Star in Anton Chekhov's 'Three Sisters' Adaptation

    Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac are taking on an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” for New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan. The company announced on Tuesday that they will feature two final performances to round out the 2019 to 2020 season, including the Chekhov play. “Three Sisters” will be directed by Tony award-winning Sam [...]

  • montreal just for laughs Comedy Festival

    Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival Is the 'Coachella of Comedy'

    Every summer, Montreal becomes the epicenter of the comedy world as the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival takes over the Canadian city. Now in its 37th year, the mindboggling scale of the festival is there in the numbers: more than 1,600 artists from across the globe (speaking English, French and other languages) performing 250 shows [...]

  • The dark Manhatten skyline, seen from

    StubHub Refunds $500,000 to Customers Shut Out by New York Blackout

    Saturday’s blackout in New York had an outsized effect on the city’s nightlife, with Madison Square Garden and the entire Broadway district seeing multiple shows cancelled due to the the power outage. As a result, StubHub has refunded more than $500,000 worth of tickets for cancelled events. According to a statement from the company, the StubHub [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content