×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Broadway Box Office: Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal Draw Crowds

Marquee names and musical revivals made waves at the Broadway box office last week, with Glenn Close raking in a hefty tally in the opening week of “Sunset Boulevard” and Jake Gyllenhaal making a promising bow with the first preview of “Sunday in the Park With George.”

Sunset Boulevard” ($1,142,254) topped the $1 million mark in a seven-performance week that included its heavily comped press night and its opening. That sets “Sunset” up nicely just as the reviews — mostly raves — stand poised to move the needle further. With a limited run of just 16 weeks and only seven shows a week, the production will need to make as much money as it can, as quickly as possible, in order to turn a profit.

Another limited-run musical revival, “Sunday in the Park With George” ($136,384 for one preview), made a strong showing in its first performance, especially for a production in a house with less than 1,000 seats. Those initial sales might have been partially driven by fan interest, which is always high for first performances. But the last time Gyllenhaal was on Broadway (in Manhattan Theater Club’s “Constellations” in 2015) he proved a major draw, so the production seemingly stands a chance of keeping up those kinds of numbers.

Sally Field also made her Broadway return last week, starring in “The Glass Menagerie” ($312,736 for five) alongside Joe Mantello and Finn Wittrock. Those modest numbers seem about right for a show that’s co-produced with Lincoln Center Theater, the nonprofit that offers lower ticket prices to members. It also remains to be seen how many of Broadway’s playgoers will want to turn out for a play they saw relatively recently (in the much-lauded 2013 revival), although the new production’s casting could well counteract any title fatigue.

Overall Broadway sales held steady, with cumulative box office ringing in at $19.8 million for 23 shows now playing. Attendance, which totaled 177,044 or about 80% of the Street’s overall capacity, was also about on par with the prior week.

Settling into its new pricing, “Hamilton” ($2,903,693) downshifted by $300,000 but still easily outpaced every other show, including “The Lion King” ($1,553,274), “Wicked” ($1,306,187) and “The Book of Mormon” ($1,264,107). “Dear Evan Hansen” ($1,148,495) upticked, with the fall season’s other strong seller, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” ($961,038), holding about even with the previous week.

The spring slate will continue to expand in the coming week, with “The Price” starring Mark Rufalo kicking off Feb. 16 and under-the-radar musical “Come From Away” launching Feb. 18.

 

More Legit

  • Could Anyone Follow ‘Springsteen on Broadway’?

    Could Anyone Follow 'Springsteen on Broadway'? Here Are Five Things They'd Need (Guest Column)

    After 235-odd shows, with grosses in excess of $100 million, a Special Tony Award and a hotly anticipated Netflix special debuting Saturday, “Springsteen on Broadway” is an unprecedented Broadway blockbuster. As with any success in entertainment, the rush to replicate The Boss’ one-man show reportedly is under way, with a consortium led by Live Nation, CAA [...]

  • Clueless review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Clueless' the Musical

    How does a musical stage adaptation of Amy Heckerling’s 1995 film comedy of oblivious privileged teens, “Clueless,” play in the era of female empowerment and millennial engagement? True, the principal skills of lead teen Cher Horowitz are the superficial ones of mall shopping and makeovers. But her sweet spirit and independence, plus some added P.C. relevance, [...]

  • Ley Line Unveils Brian Wilson Documentary,

    Ley Line Unveils Brian Wilson Documentary, 'Hugo Cabret' Musical

    Producers Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page have unveiled Ley Line Entertainment with a Brian Wilson documentary and a “Hugo Cabret” musical in the works. Ley Line said it’s a content development, production, and financing company with projects spanning film, television, stage, and music. Headington financed and produced “The Young Victoria,” “Argo,” “Hugo,” and “World [...]

  • Daniel Radcliffe

    Listen: How Broadway Made Daniel Radcliffe a Better Actor

    Acting onstage has been a regular part of Daniel Radcliffe’s career for more than a decade — and the “Harry Potter” star says there’s a good reason for that: It’s made him better. “It gives me a lot of confidence as an actor, which is not always something that I’ve felt,” Radcliffe said on the [...]

  • The Jungle review

    Off Broadway Review: 'The Jungle'

    With the rumbling of semis careening by and the sound of Middle Eastern music in the distance, “The Jungle” aims to vividly immerse audiences into the world of the real-life migrant and refugee camp of the same name. By telling the story of the Jungle’s creation in Calais, France, in 2015, and its eventual destruction [...]

  • Hillary Clinton'Network' play opening night, New

    Hillary Clinton Attends Opening of Broadway's 'Network'

    A 1976 film might not be expected to translate seamlessly to Broadway in 2018, but for the cast and creative team behind “Network,” which premiered Thursday night with Hillary Clinton in the audience, the story still feels uncomfortably close to home. “It was a satire then, and now it’s documentary realism,” said Lee Hall, who [...]

  • 'Network' Review: Bryan Cranston Stars on

    Broadway Review: 'Network' With Bryan Cranston

    The 1976 film “Network” won four Academy Awards, including best original screenplay for writer Paddy Chayefsky, for its blistering portrayal of an American society fueled by greed and bloated on corruption. A haggard Peter Finch took the best actor trophy for his harrowing performance as Howard Beale, a TV newsman who is so disgusted by [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content