Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 08/14/2016

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“The Humans” Moves to Bigger Broadway Theatre After Hiatus

After winning the Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans is on the up and up.  Under the experienced guidance of producer Scott Rudin, the play has departed from the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it played from its first preview on January 24, 2016 through until July 24, 2016.  After a hiatus, the show picked up performances again on August 9, 2016 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.  The Schoenfeld is significantly bigger than the Helen Hayes by about 450 seats.  The reason for the move is not just because of grander ambitions due to the award win.  Rather, the show was always going to be a limited engagement because of pre-planned renovations on the Helen Hayes Theatre, which was recently purchased by the not-for-profit theatre institution Second Stage.  The renovations will begin this or next month.  The show has now inhabited three theatres with the same cast, starting with the original Off-Broadway run at the Roundabout Theater Company’s Laura Pels Theatre.  In addition to winning the Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans won for Best Featured Actor for Reed Birney, Best Featured Actress for Jayne Houdyshell, and Best Set Design for David Zinn.  This past week, the first in the new theatre, The Humans brought in $603,770, which represents 61.84% of its gross potential.  Meanwhile, in the previous week of performances, the week ending July 24, 2016, the play brought in less money ($554,398), but that accounted for 95.30% of its gross potential.  Therefore, although there is more room for ticket sales, there are also higher running costs at the Schoenfeld, and so The Humans now has bigger shoes to fill to stay afloat.

Some Big Drops for Some of the Biggest Hits

This past week, some of the longer running hit musicals took a dip.  The biggest decrease in ticket sales was seen by Wicked, which brought in $1,779,664 after a decrease of $147,748 from the week before.  This represents 100.0% of its gross potential.  In addition, Aladdin decreased by $127,368 to reach a weekly gross of $1,663,119, which represents 89.8% of its gross potential.  Matilda, which has now announced its closing date of January 1, 2017, brought in $60,932 less than the week before to reach a weekly gross of $876,824, which represents 73.0% of its gross potential.  The Lion King also saw a slight decrease of $58,534 to reach a weekly gross of $2,233,894, which represents 96.9% of its gross potential.  School of Rock – the Musical, which has continued to hold its own this summer, went down by $50,433 to reach a weekly gross of $1,160,694, or 76.2% of its gross potential.  Something Rotten! went down by $49,501 to reach a weekly gross of $584,022, which is 45.7% of its gross potential.  In addition, The Color Purple went down by $37,154, The Book of Mormon went down by $20,600, and even Hamilton went down by $17,767.  This past week, Hamilton’s weekly gross was $2,045,095, which represents 105.3% of its gross potential.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending August 14, 2016:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-08-14-16

# Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
4 ALADDIN $1,663,119 13,288 96.18% $125.16
26 AN ACT OF GOD $314,205 3,877 64.36% $81.04
16 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $687,762 9,111 67.83% $75.49
13 BEAUTIFUL $728,242 6,829 83.20% $106.64
7 CATS $1,108,909 10,292 93.56% $107.74
22 CHICAGO $571,623 6,929 80.20% $82.50
17 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF $652,283 8,632 63.21% $75.57
19 FINDING NEVERLAND $628,895 8,775 72.93% $71.67
25 FUN HOME $379,242 4,966 83.89% $76.37
2 HAMILTON $2,045,095 10,756 101.78% $190.14
23 JERSEY BOYS $530,413 5,991 60.98% $88.53
18 KINKY BOOTS $651,433 7,117 62.47% $91.53
8 LES MISÉRABLES $1,035,397 11,244 99.75% $92.08
12 MATILDA $876,824 10,341 90.27% $84.79
15 ON YOUR FEET! $703,403 7,585 58.31% $92.74
10 PARAMOUR $997,867 11,360 74.89% $87.84
6 SCHOOL OF ROCK $1,160,694 11,342 94.83% $102.34
21 SOMETHING ROTTEN! $584,022 7,239 67.48% $80.68
5 THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,305,962 8,731 102.38% $149.58
14 THE COLOR PURPLE $718,400 7,367 87.62% $97.52
24 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $464,058 6,407 78.67% $72.43
20 THE HUMANS $603,770 7,234 87.37% $83.46
1 THE LION KING $2,233,894 13,485 99.39% $165.66
9 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $999,632 10,966 85.40% $91.16
11 WAITRESS $990,128 8,058 96.39% $122.88
3 WICKED $1,779,664 13,804 95.49% $128.92
TOTALS $24,414,933 231,726 82.65% $100.94

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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