Broadway Grosses w/e 7/21/2019: The Power’s BACK!

Power was restored to Broadway last week as shows rebounded 12% to a collective gross of $34M.  Twenty-nine shows recovered from the 10% dip last week and then some.

Two more closings were announced last week, Waitress and Beautiful.  These announcements are part of a summer trend but feel different because of their 3 and 5 year runs, respectively.  There continues to be less room for productions that are not blockbusters.  And these shows’ closings might also be telling us something about what we’ll be seeing overall in the fall.  

Ken has a theory about all these closings . . . and it looks like his prediction of a market correction is already coming true (sadly).  We’re already down over 9% from last year.  See here for his thoughts (which he recently updated!).

NOTE FROM KEN:  Hey all – I hijacked this blog from Ryan to point out something I find fascinating in the numbers below.  Why, sure, sure, it’s easy to be amazed at Hamilton‘s $3M+ gross . . . but you know what is even MORE phenomenal?  The Lion King did $2.5M+.  And it’s over 20 years old.  (The movie press is certainly giving it a boost.)  The question I have for you is . . . do you think Hamilton will be doing those kinds of numbers in 20 years?  Comment below, cuz I’m oh so curious as to what you think.

You can find the rest of the figures below, courtesy of The Broadway League:

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
AIN’T TOO PROUD $1,559,925.00 11,376 99.86% $137.12
ALADDIN $1,796,003.00 15,060 96.89% $119.26
BE MORE CHILL $462,584.90 5,382 75.51% $85.95
BEAUTIFUL $511,025.40 6,073 73.99% $84.15
BEETLEJUICE $1,036,333.30 11,196 93.74% $92.56
CHICAGO $641,526.15 7,492 86.71% $85.63
COME FROM AWAY $912,674.40 8,539 102.04% $106.88
DAVE CHAPPELLE $1,638,061.00 9,037 100.14% $181.26
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,231,800.14 7,998 101.60% $154.01
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE $311,165.00 4,332 46.56% $71.83
FROZEN $1,282,940.50 13,058 96.93% $98.25
HADESTOWN $1,312,048.00 7,445 101.38% $176.23
HAMILTON $3,102,306.00 10,758 101.80% $288.37
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $1,401,672.50 12,976 100.00% $108.02
KING KONG $766,092.25 10,853 78.06% $70.59
MEAN GIRLS $1,083,275.75 9,894 100.96% $109.49
MOULIN ROUGE! $1,724,491.50 9,128 100.15% $188.92
OKLAHOMA! $584,810.50 4,974 95.51% $117.57
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL $659,450.00 7,561 80.92% $87.22
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,065,743.10 8,711 104.00% $122.34
THE CHER SHOW $783,030.00 8,056 72.97% $97.20
THE LION KING $2,538,151.00 13,551 99.87% $187.30
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,121,101.10 12,297 95.77% $91.17
THE PROM $737,373.15 7,861 94.03% $93.80
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,969,931.99 11,689 101.82% $168.53
TOOTSIE $947,725.70 9,729 75.91% $97.41
WAITRESS $628,158.50 6,953 83.17% $90.34
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME $537,000.80 4,656 99.83% $115.34
WICKED $1,917,793.00 15,189 98.58% $126.26
TOTALS $34,264,193.63 271,824 91.68% $122.52
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -2,591,727.80      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -7.03%      


Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, President of Architect Theatrical. Find out more here!

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  • Paul Caruso says:

    20 years is a long time — well beyond my prognostication skills. I think the real story is the 7.5% reduction year over year.

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