Broadway Grosses w/e 1/21/2018: I’ve got good news. And bad news.

The bad news.  Sales fell off a cliff last week, dropping 16% from the week before.

 

The good news?  Last week was one of the worst of the year.  And it’s over.  There is an end to the winter in sight (although beware of Super Bowl Sunday).

 

The tip to learn from this week’s numbers is this: if you’re producing a show written by a super successful pop singer, get her to come back to the lead role during the worst weeks of the year . . . so you can gross more than Wicked.

 

That was the strategy at Waitress, as Sara Bareilles rejoined the company, and it paid off to the tune of $1.6mm.  (Having Jason Mraz as her love interest didn’t hurt, either.)

 

Other shows that jumped out at me were John Leguizamo’s solo show grossing $525k and John Lithgow’s grabbing $381k and Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower with its $911k final week.

 

And if the worst we’re going to see this year is a week that was 28% up from where we were a year ago, then things ain’t so bad on Broadway.

 

Here is a list of all the shows’ grosses:
Show Name  GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL $726,004.16 7,520 90.04% $96.54
ALADDIN $1,289,666.50 13,456 97.39% $95.84
ANASTASIA $902,693.50 9,041 98.87% $99.84
BEAUTIFUL $744,588.00 6,982 85.06% $106.64
CHICAGO $592,355.90 7,355 85.13% $80.54
COME FROM AWAY $1,201,167.80 8,423 100.66% $142.61
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,707,785.02 7,985 101.44% $213.87
FARINELLI AND THE KING $866,337.30 8,235 97.94% $105.20
HAMILTON $3,096,068.00 10,753 101.75% $287.93
HELLO, DOLLY! $372,200.44 2,897 100.17% $128.48
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART $381,991.60 5,359 90.52% $71.28
KINKY BOOTS $746,654.50 8,555 75.10% $87.28
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS $525,197.70 5,942 84.55% $88.39
METEOR SHOWER $911,462.46 6,246 100.87% $145.93
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND $588,350.50 5,542 99.53% $106.16
SCHOOL OF ROCK $670,746.00 7,993 65.60% $83.92
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS $764,450.50 10,023 77.82% $76.27
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $2,407,327.50 4,740 100.00% $507.88
THE BAND’S VISIT $993,214.50 7,942 95.55% $125.06
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,200,930.50 8,590 100.73% $139.81
THE CHILDREN $276,407.00 4,295 82.60% $64.36
THE LION KING $1,852,483.00 13,539 99.79% $136.83
THE PARISIAN WOMAN $471,454.00 6,230 79.71% $75.67
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $864,767.51 10,491 81.71% $82.43
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG $338,040.75 5,122 74.97% $66.00
WAITRESS $1,608,291.60 8,632 103.25% $186.32
WICKED $1,583,593.00 15,116 98.10% $104.76
TOTALS $27,684,229.24 217,004 91.44% $129.85
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +$5,997,617.20      
PERCENTAGE +/-THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +27.65%

*Broadway Grosses courtesy of The Broadway League.

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