Broadway Box Office: Lewis Black Bows Big With Monday Night Show

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The Marquis Theater seems to have found a profitable use for its Monday nights, with the Broadway venue — whose current tenant, “On Your Feet!,” is dark every Monday — hosting stand-up appearances by Lewis Black that, to judge by the comic’s first outing there, could bring in a nice chunk of revenue.

“Black to the Future,” the first of Black’s one-show-per-week stint at the Marquis, raked in $154,81 at the Broadway box office from just the one performance, and if sales remain similarly robust throughout the engagement (scheduled to run through Oct. 24), that’ll make for a nice chunk of change. For the theater’s owners, the Nederlander Organization, that money comes in addition to the hefty 21% rise in weekly earnings posted by the Marquis’ regular occupant “On Your Feet!” ($925,136).

Along with that show, every single other production on Broadway climbed last week as well, following the annual back-to-school slippage that tends to come in the immediate wake of Labor Day. Overall Broadway sales shot up by $2 million (or 10%) to $22.2 million for 24 shows running. Attendance — fueled in part by the two-for-one ticket deals offered by the Broadway Week initiative — also climbed a whopping 10% to 221,531, or 88% of the street’s overall seating capacity.

Still at the top of the chart was “Hamilton” ($2,159,038), with an average price paid per ticket of $200.75, followed in the box office rankings by the usual-suspect big earners including “The Lion King” ($1,849,066) and “Wicked” ($1,500,094). Landing at No. 7 on the chart, Cirque du Soleil outing “Paramour” ($999,384) just missed membership in the week’s millionaires’ club, coming in right behind “Cats” ($1,011,242).

Among the shows to get the biggest boosts of the week were “Jersey Boys” ($748,054), up more than 25% in the wake of a closing notice posted for January, as well as “Kinky Boots” (up more than 20% to $852,889) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (up almost 15% to $951,282), among others.

With the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “The Cherry Orchard” ($236,157 for five previews) bowing, “The Humans” ($670,967) is no longer the only play on the boards, but the show — which just announced its recoupment — hit its highest weekly sales figure yet.

In the week ahead, Broadway might have to weather another dip thanks in part to the U.N. General Assembly summit, which can turn traffic to gridlock and snap up hotel rooms for visiting dignitaries.