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Broadway Box Office: 3 Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals Land in Top 10

With the summer slate winnowed down to 25 shows — 23 of which were musicals — all three of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s shows notched spots in the Top 10 at the Broadway box office.

It’s rare enough for a composer to have three productions running on Broadway at once, much less three concurrently selling well enough to climb to the upper reaches of the box office charts. It’s a mark of his high name recognition as one of the very few brand-name Broadway composers — although after the success of “Hamilton” ($2,062,862), creator Lin-Manuel Miranda may be the newest addition to that elite group.

Cats” ($1,083,009), the new revival of Lloyd Webber’s 1982 megasmash, broke into the millionaires’ club for the first time, coming in just behind “School of Rock” ($1,211,127), the crowdpleaser that premiered late last year. Both shows have so far done well when tourist and family audiences are in town, as does “The Phantom of the Opera” ($961,265), the 28-year-old landmark that still sees sales swell in summer months and during other weeks when city visitors are plentiful.

With Tony champ “The Humans” on hiatus until tomorrow, there were only two non-musicals now running: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” ($467,506), which closes Labor Day weekend, and “An Act of God” ($306,023 for seven), the return run of the Almighty comedy with Sean Hayes in the lead role this time around.

Most individual shows saw week-to-week declines, as attendance dropped by 15,000 to 225,907 (almost 20,000 less than the same week in summer 2015, when there were 26 shows running). The cumulative Broadway tally rang in at $24.1 million, down $1.5 million from the previous week (and down about $2.4 million from the same week last year).

It’s been a relatively weak summer for Broadway, for which industry types are blaming everything from a “Hamilton” drain to the mess of under-construction Times Square to the lingering fears of international terrorism. One of the factors believed to have contributed to the deflation, the Rockettes’ “New York Spectacular,” closed Aug. 7 — which means we’ll see how much of that business returns to the Broadway in the coming week.

 

 

 

 

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