Broadway Box Office: Three Openings, Solid Sales

Individual productions had their ups and downs, but the overall Broadway box office held steady last week as three plays opened — “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” “Heisenberg” and “The Cherry Orchard” — and this week’s opener, “The Front Page,” continued its meteoric rise.

“Oh, Hello” ($464,656), which opened Oct. 10, benefited from some high-profile critical raves to rise more than 10% in the week after its bow, while both “Heisenberg” ($297,088) and “Cherry Orchard” ($323,836) dipped somewhat as they accommodated critics performances and opening nights. But among plays, the leader of the pack remains “Front Page” ($1,278,807), which hit its highest tally yet in the run-up to its Oct. 20 opening.

“Front Page” is one of three shows ramping up for an imminent opening, with “Falsettos” ($457,577) playing its first week of eight previews ahead of an Oct. 27 opening and “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” ($644,591), starring Liev Schreiber, also playing eight before an Oct. 30 opening.

Otherwise, the upticks and dips at individual titles weren’t terribly remarkable last week, and with the return of Lewis Black’s “Black to the Future” ($171,884 for one performance) after a week off, the Broadway cume rang in at $25.4 million for 29 shows, and attendance tallied 243,037 — both negligible downgrades from the previous week’s numbers. The week’s figures were also about equivalent to those from the same week in 2015, when there were 31 shows playing.

Popular on Variety

There’ll soon be one more show contributing to the Broadway pot, with “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” hoping downtown buzz and the appeal of headliner Josh Groban will add up to robust Broadway box office for the quirky electropop opera. That production starts previews Oct. 18.

More Legit

  • Ariana Grande 7 Rings

    Rodgers & Hammerstein Are Having a Moment Thanks to Ariana Grande, 'Oklahoma!'

    Jaws dropped when it was revealed that the late musical theater titans Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were granted 90% of the songwriting royalties on “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande’s 2019 No. 1 hit. The dominant motif of Grande’s song is taken from “My Favorite Things,” the cornerstone of R&H’s 1959 musical “The Sound of [...]

  • A Soldiers Play review

    'A Soldier's Play': Theater Review

    Now, that’s what I call a play! Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “A Soldier’s Play,” now being revived on Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company, packs plenty of dramatic tension into smoldering issues of racial justice and injustice, military honor and dishonor, and the solemn struggle to balance their harrowing demands on characters who are only [...]

  • Bess Wohl

    Listen: The Impossible Plays of Bess Wohl

    The playwright Bess Wohl is always chasing a wild idea — and she’s found that rather than scaring away her collaborators, it just makes them more eager. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “I started my career thinking, oh, I’ll just write a play that’s really easy to do,” Wohl said on the latest episode [...]

  • Roundabout Theatre Company: Three New Plays

    Roundabout Theatre's Off-Broadway Season Adds Three Shows From Female Playwrights

    Roundabout Theatre Company, led by artistic director and CEO Todd Haimes, announced Tuesday that three female-written plays will be added to the 2020-2021 Off-Broadway season. Sanaz Toossi’s “English” will make its world premiere in fall of 2020, while Lindsey Ferrentino’s “The Year to Come” and Anna Ziegler’s “The Wanderers” will make their New York debuts [...]

  • Gregg Smith, Dancer and Choreographer Assistant,

    Gregg Smith, Dancer and Choreographer Assistant, Dies at 73

    Gregg Smith, a dancer, casting director and assistant choreographer who had a long association with director Kenny Ortega, has died. He was 73. Smith died on Jan. 1. The industry veteran worked as a performer in the national touring company of the musical “Hair” and in a Los Angeles production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He [...]

  • Frozen review musical

    Warmth and Humor Pervade Pantages Production of 'Frozen' the Musical

    In 2013, Disney’s “Frozen” hit screens like a 100 mile-per-hour snowball, sparking a pop cultural phenomenon in which little girls and boys pranced about dressed in Anna and Elsa and Olaf costumes while belting aloud “Let It Go,” Elsa’s feminist anthemic response to ice powers rendering her a societal outcast. The animated movie won two [...]

  • My Name Is Lucy Barton review

    'My Name is Lucy Barton': Theater Review

    Laura Linney is in love. Just watch the radiant expression on her face as she wraps her arms around the character of Lucy Barton, a role she played in two separate engagements at the Bridge Theater in London, and is now reprising on Broadway in “My Name is Lucy Barton.” The feeling is obviously mutual, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content