“Springsteen on Broadway” had the megabucks launch — and continues to do huge business — but the other show to begin previews around the same time, “The Band’s Visit,” is showing its own signs of (admittedly more modest) promise, with sales fueled by its well-received Off Broadway run last season.
The weekly gross for the “The Band’s Visit” ($768,914 for seven previews) was pretty healthy for a new musical that’s not called “Frozen,” and its full-capacity crowds across a seven-preview week also seems to point to strong word of mouth. The critical response to the show on Broadway stands poised to mirror the raves the musical received Off Broadway, but it still remains to be seen how the show will fare against big-name heavyweights like “Mean Girls” or the aforementioned “Frozen,” both of which are on their way in the spring.
The new revival of “M. Butterfly” ($521,366 for seven) expanded to a seven-preview week with middling sales, while Lincoln Center Theater’s “Junk” ($530,185) played its first full frame of eight.
Meanwhile, “Springsteen on Broadway” ($1,924,818 for five) camped out in the No. 4 slot in the Top 10. That’s about $400,000 less than the previous week, but you can blame that on all the comps that producers shelled out to critics and to the attendees of the production’s Oct. 12 opening night. Further up, “Hamilton”($2,930,747) led the way, as usual, with “Hello, Dolly!” ($2,371,088) once more topping its own record-breaking gross and landing at No. 2, ahead of “The Lion King” ($2,079,369).
Overall Broadway sales were down slightly to $29.9 million for 28 shows now playing. Attendance climbed about 7,000 to 241,568, or a healthy 91% of overall capacity.