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Broadway Grosses w/e 8/20/2017 and END of Q1 Results!

If it feels like just yesterday you were enjoying your Memorial Day picnic, it wasn’t.

 

That was a good twelve weeks ago now, and just as Memorial Day symbolizes the beginning of the summer season, this past week on Broadway was a sign that the summer is coming to a close.

 

Grosses were down in almost every single show on Broadway last week, combining for a 5% drop from the week before, as schools started up again in several states around the country (you know, this education really gets in the way of trying to make a buck!).

 

As I fortune-told, a few shows have announced their closing in the coming weeks, as grosses continue to wane, and I expect another one or two will follow suit soon.

 

But when we look at the quarter overall?  (Last week represented the final week of Broadway’s Q1 – the 1st 13 weeks of the year.)

 

Well, shoot, forget Memorial Day, it might as well be Fourth of July.  Just look at where we are this season so far:

 

GROSSES

  • The first 13 weeks of our season have grossed a total of $417,588,055.
  • Last season at the end of Q1 we had grossed $342,943,810.
  • That’s up 21.8% (!) from last year.

ATTENDANCE

  • 3,586,852 people have seen Broadway shows so far this season.
  • 3,312,154 people had seen Broadway shows at the same time last year.
  • That’s up 8.3% from last season.

PLAYING WEEKS

  • There were 414 playing weeks so far this season.
  • There were 395 playing weeks last season.
  • That’s an increase of 4.8% over last year.

 

Is that some growth or what?  I actually have a feeling it’s historic.  I doubt that any other quarter has seen that kind of growth year-over-year before.  21.8%?  If we were a publicly traded company, our stock would be through the roof.

 

And just wait until you see what happens when Frozen and Harry Potter are running right along all these other hits.

 

Here are the grosses from last week:

 

Show Name   GrossGross TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
1984 $281,481.08 4,690 60.44% $60.02
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL $662,502.07 7,243 86.72% $91.47
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 $192,023.00 3,613 58.27% $53.15
ALADDIN $1,561,350.50 13,378 96.83% $116.71
ANASTASIA $946,515.30 8,434 92.24% $112.23
BANDSTAND $489,288.46 5,940 71.88% $82.37
BEAUTIFUL $672,823.00 6,595 80.35% $102.02
CATS $728,668.00 8,310 75.55% $87.69
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY $880,763.50 9,235 77.16% $95.37
CHICAGO $592,746.81 7,114 82.34% $83.32
COME FROM AWAY $1,274,066.58 8,510 101.70% $149.71
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,715,018.96 7,973 101.28% $215.10
GROUNDHOG DAY $640,923.05 7,412 75.45% $86.47
HAMILTON $2,969,573.00 10,753 101.75% $276.16
HELLO, DOLLY! $2,205,028.15 11,697 101.12% $188.51
KINKY BOOTS $725,665.75 7,862 69.01% $92.30
MARVIN’S ROOM $193,030.01 3,880 66.08% $49.75
MISS SAIGON $578,754.17 7,131 60.43% $81.16
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 $888,426.64 8,731 95.90% $101.76
ON YOUR FEET! $1,207,438.80 11,768 90.47% $102.60
PRINCE OF BROADWAY $303,964.50 4,553 92.24% $66.76
SCHOOL OF ROCK $904,546.66 9,563 78.49% $94.59
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,207,985.00 8,704 102.06% $138.79
THE LION KING $2,147,648.00 13,568 100.00% $158.29
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,037,448.78 11,515 89.68% $90.10
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG $322,085.75 4,916 71.96% $65.52
THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER $410,588.30 6,331 78.51% $64.85
WAITRESS $602,137.00 6,151 73.58% $97.89
WAR PAINT $539,721.00 7,335 78.50% $73.58
WICKED $1,792,574.00 14,169 98.01% $126.51
TOTALS $28,674,785.82 247,074 83.60% $106.83
 +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON + $5,664,791.78      
 PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON + 24.62%

*Broadway Grosses courtesy of The Broadway League.