Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 04/24/2016

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

Once Again, Broadway Comes Very Close to Where It’s Been

In the week ending April 24, 2016, the collective Broadway industry brought in a total gross that was remarkably close to the total gross from the previous week.  This past week, of the 37 shows currently running, the collective gross was $27,121,280, which is a very negligible decrease of only $55,809 from the week before.  With the same number of shows running, certain shows performed better, and certain shows performed less well, but the overall gross remained quite similar.  This past week, the average gross per show was $733,008, and the week before it was $734,516.  On average, the percentage reached of each show’s gross potential came to 60.23%, down from 63.38% the week before.  The average paid admission this past week was $95.84, down from $98.04, and the average audience capacity was filled up to 79.49%, down from 81.16% the week before.  Accounting for these small differences, the biggest increase was seen by the new Cirque du Soleil show Paramour, which played six performances this past week as compared to just one the week before.  In effect, that show’s gross went up by $828,168, bringing the total gross this past week to $1,018,942 over just six performances.  Hamilton also picked up its slack, bringing in a weekly gross of $1,813,024, which is an increase of $134,404 from the week before.  The previous week, Hamilton had actually decreased by $135,035, so now it’s back on track with a gross that represents 135.8% of its gross potential.

“The King and I” Cast Change Impacts Box Office

This past week, the biggest decrease was seen by The King and I, which brought in only $553,790 across eight performances, which is a decrease of $459,367 from the week before.  This gross represents just 48.4% of the show’s gross potential.  With a top ticket price of $297.00, the average paid admission was only $81.60, and the audience was filled up to an average of 81.0% of its capacity.  The previous week, The King and I brought in $1,013,157, representing 88.48% of its gross potential.  The reason for this major decrease is that Ken Watanabe, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of the King of Siam, and Kelli O’Hara, who earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of English school teacher Anna Leonowens, both completed their tenure in The King and I on April 17, 2016.  While there are certainly plans to keep this revival afloat with new name talent stepping into the roles, there is a brief hiatus in which other actors are temporarily replacing the stars.  From April 19 to May 1, the role of the King of Siam is played by Jose Llana, who also filled in for Ken Watanabe from July 14, 2015 to September 25, 2015, and the role of Anna is played by Analisa Leaming (On the Twentieth Century).  Then, beginning May 3, 2016, the roles will be played by Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost,” “Hawaii Five-0”) making his Broadway debut, and three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie (Passion, Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate).  At that point, sales may pick up again, but we may see a slow two weeks for The King and I in the meantime.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending April 24, 2016:Broadway Show ticket analysis gross chart week ending 4-24-16

# Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
4 ALADDIN $1,451,714 13,436 97.25% $108.05
24 AMERICAN PSYCHO $505,917 6,480 89.79% $78.07
9 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $930,052 10,161 75.65% $91.53
8 BEAUTIFUL $927,363 7,642 93.10% $121.35
31 BLACKBIRD $414,556 5,064 62.43% $81.86
33 BRIGHT STAR $420,690 5,898 70.35% $71.33
26 CHICAGO $509,671 6,337 73.34% $80.43
36 DISASTER! $287,222 4,390 45.81% $65.43
37 ECLIPSED $303,684 4,338 67.61% $70.01
16 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF $747,626 8,512 62.33% $87.83
21 FINDING NEVERLAND $571,983 7,963 66.18% $71.83
32 FULLY COMMITTED $387,494 5,137 70.25% $75.43
27 FUN HOME $416,678 4,972 83.99% $83.80
2 HAMILTON $1,678,620 10,732 101.55% $156.41
25 JERSEY BOYS $525,127 5,810 59.14% $90.38
19 KINKY BOOTS $683,090 7,341 64.44% $93.05
20 LES MISÉRABLES $652,783 8,098 71.84% $80.61
28 LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT $375,709 4,871 94.03% $77.13
12 MATILDA $774,997 9,529 83.18% $81.33
10 ON YOUR FEET! $883,616 8,573 65.91% $103.07
6 PARAMOUR $190,774 1,897 100.05% $100.57
7 SCHOOL OF ROCK $1,022,302 10,185 85.16% $100.37
23 SHE LOVES ME $573,941 6,934 85.99% $82.77
11 SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED $872,205 7,689 99.81% $113.44
17 SOMETHING ROTTEN! $681,402 8,402 69.83% $81.10
5 THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,343,502 8,696 101.97% $154.50
13 THE COLOR PURPLE $696,493 6,752 80.30% $103.15
18 THE CRUCIBLE $705,805 7,160 94.21% $98.58
29 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $424,175 5,799 71.21% $73.15
35 THE FATHER $226,272 4,548 87.46% $49.75
30 THE HUMANS $394,296 4,210 91.36% $93.66
22 THE KING AND I $1,013,157 8,083 96.50% $125.34
1 THE LION KING $1,939,509 13,402 98.78% $144.72
14 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $755,682 8,793 68.48% $85.94
34 TUCK EVERLASTING $339,031 7,338 79.01% $46.20
15 WAITRESS $937,590 8,405 100.54% $111.55
3 WICKED $1,612,361 13,637 94.33% $118.23
Totals $27,121,277 282,990 79.48% $90.78

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

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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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