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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

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Jeff

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Broadway Box Office: Week 3: 06.11 - 06.17.12

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Broadway Box Office
Week #3 of the 2012 - 2013 Season
June 11 - 17; 35 Productions


The first week post-Tonys and just a few weeks shy of the true summer slump proved somewhat telling at the Broadway Box Office this past week.  Tony wins provided a serious boost to Best Musical Once and two shows finishing their runs, Venus in Fur (up a huge $213,407 - the biggest gain of any show this week  and 11.8% from the previous week) and Other Desert Cities (up a decent $78,243 and a giant 15% - the biggest attendance gain of any show this week).  It is rare that plays are responsible for the biggest leap in cash and audience in the same week.  Since both have been around for awhile, one has to think that the jump was, in fact, due, in part at least, to the Tony wins of Nina Arianda and Judith Light, respectively.  A couple of Tonys didn't hurt the already boffo Newsies, which is already close to its ceiling, earning 95.27% of its potential gross and going beyond sold out.  The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess did better, but not great, despite its Best Revival of a Musical win, with a 5.8% rise in attendance and a $73,253 increase at the B.O..  It is making less than half of its gross potential, and is filling only 75% of its seats.  Best Play Clybourne Park is pretty much a flat line, taking in $25,193 more than last week, but dropping 2.1% in attendance.  Peter and the Starcatcher, big winner as far as plays go, was also relatively flat, with a box office increase of just $32,190, and a .4% drop in attendance.  With the announcement that Tony winner and Smash star Christian Borle will be leaving the show June 30th, I have a feeling the numbers will go up for this terrific play.

Of the older shows, Sister Act  continues to feel the effects of a well-regarded performance by replacement Raven-Symone, doing decent if not great box office, though a definite up-tick since the departure of star and relative unknown Patina Miller.  Perennials The Lion King, Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera are strong as always, with the mystifyingly popular Rock Of Ages remains a top 10 show.  Who says you need a Tony at all?  War Horse and Chicago continue their up and down merry-go-round ride as always.

As they near their final curtains, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Godspell and The Lyons are slowly dwindling.  And that is a real shame.  All three deserve to go out with a bang.



RANK
THIS
WEEK
SHOW TITLESHOW
TYPE
THEATRERANK
LAST
WEEK
UP/
DOWN
1The Book of MormonMusicalEugene O'Neill1Same
2Disney's The Lion KingMusicalMinskoff2Same
3 tieWickedMusicalGershwin2-1
3 tieDisney's Newsies: The MusicalMusicalNederlander4+1
3 tieOnceMusicalBernard B. Jacobs6+3
6Spider-Man: Turn Off the DarkMusicalFoxwoods7+1
7Rock of AgesMusicalHelen Hayes9+2
8Venus in FurPlayLyceum18+10
9Jersey BoysMusicalAugust Wilson8-1
10EvitaMusical RevivalMarquis5-5
11 tieGore Vidal's The Best ManPlay RevivalGerald Schoenfeld10-1
11 tieOne Man, Two GuvnorsPlayMusic Box12+1
13Other Desert CitiesPlayBooth21+8
14Nice Work If You Can Get ItMusicalImperial11-3
15Peter and the StarcatcherPlayBrooks Atkinson13-2
16The Phantom of the OperaMusicalMajestic16Same
17HarveyPlay RevivalStudio 5415-2
18 tieMamma MiaMusicalWinter Garden16-2
18 tieDisney's Mary PoppinsMusicalNew Amsterdam20+2
20 tieThe Gershwins' Porgy and BessMusical RevivalRichard Rodgers23+3
20 tie War HorsePlayVivian Beaumont 14-6
22Clybourne ParkPlayWalter Kerr22Same
23 tieChicagoMusical RevivalAmbassador18-5
23 tieAnything GoesMusical
Revival
Stephen Sondheim23Same
25The ColumnistPlaySamuel J. Friedman25Same
26Sister ActMusicalBroadway30+4
27 tieMemphisMusicalShubert26-1
27 tieGhost: The MusicalMusicalLunt-Fontanne26-1
29 tieJesus Christ SuperstarMusical
Revival
Neil Simon28-1
29 tieEnd of the RainbowPlayBelasco28-1
31 tiePriscilla Queen of the DesertMusicalPalace31Same
31 tieDon't Dress for DinnerPlayAmerican Airlines32+1
33A Streetcar Named DesirePlay Broadhurst33Same
34Godspell
Musical
Revival
Circle-in-the-Square35+1
35The Lyons PlayCort 34-1

Don't Dress for Dinner, Other Desert Cities and Venus in Fur closed June 17, 2012.

SRO: Harvey, Newsies, Once, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King
$M Club: Wicked, The Lion King, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Evita, Newsies
$100+ Tix Average: Evita, The Best Man, Newsies, Once, One Man, Two Guvnors, Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, Venus in Fur, Wicked

Click HERE to see how the rankings are calculated.


Jeff
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