The play that won the crown at the 2016 Tony Awards, “The Humans,” played its first week in its new home at the Schoenfeld Theater last week, and the bigger venue helped the production ring up its best week yet at the Broadway box office.
“The Humans” ($603,770), now playing in a venue with 1,035 seats, reported an attendance of 7,234 for the week — which is a great big step up from the number of people who could see the show at the 576-seat Helen Hayes, where the show played to 4,579 in its final week there. That rise in the attendance was one factor that helped the production break $600,000 for the first time.
Otherwise, Broadway largely found itself treading water last week, logging $24.4 million for 26 shows now playing. That represents a slight uptick of about $400,000 from the previous week, as does the attendance of 231,726, up about 6,000.
Among individual titles, some shows rose and some shows fell, but none of the changes looked drastic. Among the Top 10, “Cats” (up a bit to $1,108,909) continued to do well, coming in just behind fellow Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “School of Rock” (down slightly to $1,160,694) and ahead of “The Phantom of the Opera” (upticking to $999,634). At the top of the list, both “The Lion King” ($2,233,894) and “Hamilton” ($2,045,095) came in above $2 million each.
Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour” (climbing to $999,632) and “Waitress” (steady at $990,128) fell just outside the millionaire’s club for the week, while “The Color Purple” (slipping to $718,400) and “On Your Feet!” (rising to $703,403) were among the shows that land in the middle of the chart. Down near the bottom, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (holding at $464,058) and “Fun Home” (staying even at $379,242) can likely expect a boost in the coming weeks as each heads toward an imminent closing.
The big bump at “Paramour” — up $90,000, the biggest rise of the week — might be attributable in part to the recent shuttering of “New York Spectacular,” the Rockettes show that likely competed for the same audience demographic of international audiences and those consumers not in the market for a traditional Broadway show.
In general, the rises at individual shows last week seem to suggest that more international tourists were in town — prompting the bumps at many of the titles big with global audiences, like “Phantom” — while slowdowns at musicals like “Matilda” ($876,824) and “School of Rock,” both kid-friendly, likely indicate the beginning of the annual back-to-school decline, especially since some schools begin to start back up in August.