Last week Jessica Lange and Jesse Tyler Ferguson led the final push of new shows in Broadway’s 2015-16 season, with three titles — “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with Lange, “Fully Committed” with Ferguson and new musical “Tuck Everlasting” — bringing the total number of titles at the Broadway box office up to 36.
With Lange leading a headturning cast that also includes Gabriel Byrne and Michael Shannon, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” ($66,284 for one preview) played a single performances and pulled in fairly solid sales for a nonprofit production in a small theater. Audience came in at about 95% of capacity. Ferguson’s solo outing, “Fully Committed” ($210,547 for four previews) also had a decent bow, especially with the play still in its early stages of establishing a profile with ticket buyers.
Musical “Tuck Everlasting” ($263,150 for four previews) started modestly, but that’s only to be expected in a crowded season dominated by shows that have already had a chance to score some attention, ranging from juggernaut “Hamilton” ($1,822,594), which has been around all season, to a more recent addition like “Waitress” ($834,272 for seven previews), only in its second week of previews.
Among other fresh product, “American Psycho” ($506,264 for seven previews) gained a bit of steam, while “Shuffle Along” ($235,617 for two previews) continued to post impressive receipts, in terms of a per-performance average. The newly opened revival of “The Crucible” ($597,429), with Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw, fell a bit in a week that accommodated press performances and a heavily comped opening night, but still held onto its spot as the top-selling nonmusical on the boards.
The street’s biggest names, like “The Lion King” ($2,289,548) and “Wicked” ($2,215,826), didn’t play an extended week of nine performances (as they both did the prior frame), but each still managed to top the $2 million mark. Fall openers “School of Rock” ($1,336,781) and “On Your Feet!” ($1,066,514) counted among the millionaires this week.
However, other musicals, like “Disaster!” ($379,44) and Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s “Bright Star” ($421,067), could use a boost, as could “Eclipsed” ($333,300), the well-reviewed play starring Lupita Nyong’o.
Overall Broadway sales were down somewhat, compared to the inflated sales of the prior week, but the cumulative box office total still came in at a healthy $30 million, thanks in large part to spring-break season tourism. Attendance added up to 285,833, or 87% of the total capacity.