×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Broadway Box Office: ‘Indecent,’ Brendon Urie Hit Last-Hurrah Highs

Last-minute business was the driver at the Broadway box office last week, where the biggest gains were reported at “Indecent,” the play that closed Sunday, and at “Kinky Boots,” which just wrapped up the run of Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie in the musical’s cast.

The well-received Paula Vogel play “Indecent” ($739,171) may have had trouble finding long-term traction with commercial audiences, but it still managed to grab some love on the way out, jumping almost 40% (or about $200,000) to it highest-ever weekly total. The play got a similar outpouring of support earlier this summer in what was its previously announced final week, and earned some attention too at the Tony Awards, where the show won two trophies.

Also going out with a bang was Urie, whose stint in “Kinky Boots” ($1,684,263) has returned the 2013 Tony champ’s weekly sales to heights it hasn’t hit for a couple of years now. Last week brought grosses up by another $100,000 and drew sold out crowds as the pop star made his final bow. Another show heading toward the finish line, Gloria and Emilio Estefan bio-musical “On Your Feet!” ($892,807), climbed 10% in advance of its Aug. 20 end date.

There were also a couple of new shows adding coin to the pot, with Michael Moore’s “The Terms of My Surrender” ($465,195 for seven previews) gearing up for its Aug. 10 opening and Harold Prince revue “Prince of Broadway” ($116,285 for three previews) helping to balance the slight softening that affected most other shows on the boards last week. Overall Broadway sales downticked to $31.4 million for 31 shows, with attendance holding about steady compared to the previous frame.

Expect Broadway’s Street-wide sales to continue to slide as we move into the late-summer weeks, when traffic traditionally begins to slow before the big drop that comes after Labor Day.

 

More Legit

  • 'White Noise' Theater Review: Suzan-Lori Parks

    Off Broadway Review: Daveed Diggs in 'White Noise'

    Any new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog / Underdog”) demands — and deserves — attention. And in its premiere production at the Public Theater, her latest, “White Noise,” opens with a burst of brainy energy that lasts through the first act. But it takes a nosedive in the sloppy second half, [...]

  • Alexander Dinelaris

    'Jekyll and Hyde' Movie in the Works Based on Broadway Musical

    The Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is getting the movie treatment from Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. Dinelaris, who is writing and producing the adaptation, won an Oscar for the “Birdman” script and was a co-producer on “The Revenant.” He is producing “Jekyll and Hyde” as the first project under his New York-based development company, [...]

  • Sam Mendes

    Listen: The 'Balls-Out Theatricality' of Sam Mendes

    If you find yourself directing a Broadway play with a cast so big it includes a goose, two rabbits, more kids than you can count and an actual infant, what do you do? If you’re Sam Mendes, you embrace the “balls-out theatricality” of it all. Listen to this week’s podcast below: “There is a kind [...]

  • James Corden Tony Awards

    James Corden to Host 2019 Tony Awards (EXCLUSIVE)

    James Corden has been tapped to once again host the Tony Awards, Variety has learned exclusively. “The Late Late Show” host previously emceed the annual theater awards show in 2016, and won the Tony for best actor in a play for his performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors” in 2012. “I’m thrilled to be returning to [...]

  • Frozen review Broadway

    ‘Frozen’ the Musical Opening in London in 2020

    “Frozen” the musical is coming to London and will open in the West End in fall 2020. The Michael Grandage-directed Disney Theatrical Productions stage show has been on Broadway for a year. Grandage’s production is now set to re-open Andrew Lloyd Webber’s refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez are behind the [...]

  • Nantucket Sleigh Ride review

    Off Broadway Review: John Guare's 'Nantucket Sleigh Ride'

    Anyone who doesn’t have a cottage on the Cape or the Islands, as they say in Massachusetts, might be puzzled by the title of John Guare’s new play.  “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is no Revere Beach amusement park ride, but an old whaling term for the death throes of a whale that is still attached to [...]

  • Kiss Me Kate review

    Broadway Review: 'Kiss Me, Kate'

    No, Kate doesn’t get spanked. And for those wondering how the dicey ending of “Kiss Me, Kate” — that musical mashup of “The Taming of the Shrew” and backstage battling exes — would come across in these more sensitive times, well, that’s also been reconsidered for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of the Cole [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content