The annual slump that hits the Broadway box office immediately after Labor Day amounted to a decline of $3.2 million this year, or nearly 14%, compared to the previous frame, slimming the millionaires’ club down to five members and causing hefty dips at some of the street’s biggest sellers. Still, several shows managed to buck the downturn, including “Fun Home” in its final week.
The 2015 Tony Awards champ “Fun Home” ($521,567) picked up more than $70,000, or about 16%, in its final days, as theatergoers turned out for last-chance viewings. Other titles on the rise included “An American in Paris” ($846,174), which closes next month, as well as “Beautiful” ($901,959), “On Your Feet!” ($763,016) and “Chicago” ($598,792), although those bumps weren’t as large. As the only play currently on Broadway, “The Humans” ($574,625) upticked as well.
Also up was “Hamilton” ($2,150,229), still Broadway’s hottest ticket in a fallow week, leading the pack ahead of “The Lion King” ($1,713,029), “Wicked” ($1,393,168), “Aladdin” ($1,254,386) and “The Book of Mormon” ($1,230,293), which were the only shows to top the $1 million mark on the chart. Behind “Mormon” was “Cats,” down by a bit to $959,068.
With the definitive end of summer vacation and the onset of back-to-school distractions, Broadway attendance fell by about 23,000 to 201,814, or about 80% of the street’s overall seating capacity. Sales rang in at $20.2 million for 23 shows playing, with an average ticket price of $99.87, down more than $4 vs. the prior week.
The one show now in previews, the Roundabout’s “Holiday Inn” ($276,244 for seven previews), didn’t add a huge sum to the week’s total, but more productions will be joining the fray soon as the fall season kicks into gear. Next up: “The Cherry Orchard,” with Diane Lane leading the cast, starting performances Sept. 15, with “The Encounter,” the starry revival of “The Front Page” and “Heisenberg” all due to begin Sept. 20.