Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 01/24/2016

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

Snowstorm Took a Major Toll on Broadway Ticket Sales

This past week, the majority of Broadway shows played only six performances due to the snowstorm on Saturday and the subsequent public transportation shutdown. Losing both the matinee and the evening performances on Saturday, most productions did play their Sunday shows, and yet they still offered in advance ticket exchanges for those patrons who were unable to travel to the theatre due to the storm. Therefore, the overall industry, with a total of 31 shows presently running, saw a decrease in ticket sales of $9,584,129 from the week before. Whereas last week the average weekly gross per show was $852,070, this past week it was only $515,418. Even the best indicator of a show’s performance despite the cancellations, the percentage reached of gross potential across performances actually played, was not very encouraging. Every single show also saw a decrease in percentage of gross potential, perhaps due to the Sunday ticket exchanges on top of overall low sales due to the winter season. It did not help that this took place during Broadway week, where 2-for-1 deals were offered for many shows. If anything, that only brought more discount ticket buyers to the theatre, many of whom were then unable to get to the theatre.

“Hamilton” the Only Runaway Hit; “The Humans” Off to Mediocre Start

Even though Hamilton, like the others, was forced to cancel both of its Saturday shows, the buzzy musical still performed extraordinarily, bringing in $1,304,793 which was 130.3% of its gross potential. As tough as it is to get a ticket to this show, a mere snowstorm would not dissuade ticket holders from roughing it to get to the theatre district, if at all humanly possible. Though Hamilton did bring in $464,567 less than the week before, and did have a drop of 2.22% in percentage reached of gross potential, the show is still outperforming the long-running hits on Broadway. The only other show to cross the million dollar mark this past week was The Lion King, which barely made it into the millionaire’s club with a gross of $1,063,040. Meanwhile, one new show began previews this past week: The Humans at the Helen Hayes Theatre. With only one preview performance this past week, and taking place on the Sunday when the snowstorm had just passed, it is difficult to discern the future performance of the show based on last week’s figures alone. Nevertheless, in this one performance, it brought in $32,574, which represents 50.9% of the show’s gross potential. With a top ticket price of $223.00, the average paid admission was $65.15. Although this show played Off-Broadway in a Roundabout Theatre Company production, it transfers to Broadway in a non-Roundabout Theatre, the Helen Hayes, with Scott Rudin as lead producer and Roundabout functioning as a co-producer. Therefore, it is a commercial production with the same pressures as any show not produced by a not-for-profit theatre institution.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 24, 2016:Broadway show ticket analysis w/e 1/24/16

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE $325,572 4,723 77.10% $68.93
ALADDIN $831,498 9,253 89.30% $89.86
ALLEGIANCE $262,562 4,007 63.18% $65.53
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $516,420 5,801 57.58% $89.02
BEAUTIFUL $596,405 5,536 89.93% $107.73
CHICAGO $270,842 3,573 55.14% $75.80
CHINA DOLL $358,928 3,773 70.59% $95.13
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF $657,219 8,093 79.02% $81.21
FINDING NEVERLAND $642,844 7,632 84.57% $84.23
FUN HOME $340,120 3,799 85.56% $89.53
HAMILTON $1,304,793 8,062 101.72% $161.84
JERSEY BOYS $344,021 4,304 58.41% $79.93
KING CHARLES III $457,695 4,961 84.63% $92.26
KINKY BOOTS $477,468 5,490 64.26% $86.97
LES MISÉRABLES $405,742 5,368 63.50% $75.59
MATILDA $368,576 5,533 64.40% $66.61
MISERY $391,901 4,513 63.96% $86.84
NOISES OFF $300,106 4,040 90.99% $74.28
ON YOUR FEET! $732,366 7,322 75.05% $100.02
OUR MOTHER’S BRIEF AFFAIR $109,716 3,125 80.13% $35.11
SCHOOL OF ROCK $526,274 6,481 75.64% $81.20
SOMETHING ROTTEN! $427,882 5,689 65.41% $75.21
SPRING AWAKENING $545,145 6,035 98.03% $90.33
THE BOOK OF MORMON $968,563 6,450 100.84% $150.16
THE COLOR PURPLE $549,933 5,697 90.34% $96.53
THE HUMANS $32,574 500 86.51% $65.15
THE KING AND I $444,069 4,872 77.55% $91.15
THE LION KING $1,063,040 8,750 85.99% $121.49
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $397,769 5,683 59.01% $69.99
WICKED $983,150 10,375 95.69% $94.76
Totals $15,977,958 174,717 78.08% $87.35

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2016

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Michael Tubbs
Michael's passion for Broadway and statistics came together perfectly for his assignment as "Broadway Sales Analyst" at New York Show Tickets Inc. He loves to forecast future Broadway ticket sales, diagnose breaking trends and can spot Broadway show winners and losers long before the rest of the crowd. Favorite Celebrity: Ashton Kutcher
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