“Groundhog Day” ($926,868) — which also got some press attention from a set malfunction and an injury prior to earning its fair share of upbeat reviews — climbed more than $100,000 compared to the previous week and played to 91% capacity crowds. That makes a month of steady gains, which seems a promising sign as the show heads into the summer-time tourist season armed with a title that’s well-known to general audiences from its movie incarnation.
“Present Laughter” ($853,434), powered by a Tony-nominated performance by Kevin Kline, also was up by 13%, at the Broadway box office, putting the show up near its highest-yet tally and easily outpacing every other non-musical on the Street. That includes “The Price” ($773,910), the Roundabout revival that stars Mark Ruffalo and Tony contender Danny DeVito and reported a hefty gain thanks to last-minute sales prior to its May 14 closing.
Among other titles in the Tony races, Bette Midler megaseller “Hello, Dolly!” ($1,905,569) held onto its No. 2 spot in the Top 10 behind “Hamilton” ($2,823,183), while new-musical rivals “Dear Evan Hansen” ($1,281,329) and “Come From Away” ($1,127,850) remained robust and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” ($1,177,329) returned to the millionaires’ club after star Josh Groban returned from his vacation. Two shows mostly left out of the Tony derby, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” ($1,157,981) and “Anastasia” ($1,089,680), also held strong.
Among the season’s new plays, “Oslo” ($661,485) remained the highest grosser. “Sweat” ($355,923) and “A Doll’s House, Part 2” ($303,665) were on the rise and “Indecent” ($255,289) stayed steady, but all three could use some more momentum to prop up sales.
Overall Broadway cume climbed by about $1 million for $33.9 million for 36 shows on the boards. Attendance upticked slightly to 298,703, or about 86% of the Main Stem’s overall capacity.