This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

Broadway Takes a Dip After Memorial Day Weekend

In the week ending June 5, 2016, Broadway took in much less at the box office than it had in the previous week, which had included Memorial Day weekend. The first week of June, though the start of the summer months bringing an influx of tourists, was not itself a big bump week. Still, as the Tony Awards are around the corner, the added buzz from the winners and the performances at the ceremony should provide a boost for the following weeks. In any case, this past week, of the 36 shows currently running, only six saw an increase in ticket sales, however negligible. The biggest increase was seen by American Psycho, which prematurely played its final performance on June 5, 2016. In its final week of performances, the wannabe cult musical brought in $620,083, which was an increase of $179,965 from the previous week, as well as the highest gross of its run. This represented 58.91% of the show’s gross potential, a number that it only beat in the first partial week of previews, when $365,186 over 4 performances accounted for 68.86% of gross potential. Besides American Psycho, the only other notable increase was seen by An Act of God, returning for a second summer in a row and now starring Sean Hayes, which went up by $170,751 because it played its first full performance week of 8 shows (up from only 2 performances last week). Despite this increase, the gross only represented 38.07% of its potential. The only other gross increases were negligible in the 4 or 5-digit amounts; these shows were: She Loves Me, Blackbird, Eclipsed, and The Father.

Long Running Shows Have Trouble Staying Afloat

In this slump week, the biggest decreases were seen by some of the long running shows, or those that were new last season but in light of this year’s upcoming Tony Awards, are starting to seem old hat. The biggest decrease was seen by An American in Paris, the biggest runner-up contender for last year’s Tony Award for Best Musical (which was ultimately taken home by Fun Home). An American in Paris saw a decrease in its weekly gross of $182,005, bringing it to a weekly gross of $681,148, or 46.3% of its gross potential. Another big decrease was seen by the long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera, which went down by $169,144, bringing it to a weekly gross of $857,783, or 56.6% of its gross potential. Furthermore, Kinky Boots, the 2013 winner for Best Musical, went down by $104,049, bringing it to a weekly gross of $606,568, or 48.9% of its gross potential. The Cirque du Soleil show Paramour is also having a tough time keeping up with the potential of its giant venue, the Lyric Theatre; this past week, it decreased by $102,493, bringing in a weekly gross of $1,024,450, or just 56.7% of its large gross potential. Something Rotten! which was also a contender for last year’s Tony Award for Best Musical, took a dip of $100,491 this past week, bringing it to a weekly gross of $628,040, or 46.6% of its gross potential. Other long-running shows decreased such as Chicago (went down by $90,713), Les Misérables (went down by $70,327), and Wicked (went down by $59,607). Meanwhile, even Hamilton saw a slight decrease in ticket sales this past week of $62,934, bringing it to a weekly gross of $1,854,989, or 139.0% of its gross potential. The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending June 5, 2016:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-06-05-16
# Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
4 ALADDIN $1,506,481 13,641 98.73% $110.44
19 AMERICAN PSYCHO $620,083 7,453 90.36% $83.20
35 AN ACT OF GOD $293,212 4,599 76.34% $63.76
15 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $681,148 8,032 59.80% $84.80
11 BEAUTIFUL $847,560 7,338 89.40% $115.50
30 BLACKBIRD $413,284 5,680 70.02% $72.76
28 BRIGHT STAR $437,980 5,948 71.22% $73.63
23 CHICAGO $505,919 6,223 72.03% $81.30
34 ECLIPSED $303,940 4,233 65.98% $71.80
16 FIDDLER ON THE ROOF $672,540 8,673 63.51% $77.54
21 FINDING NEVERLAND $592,637 8,158 67.80% $72.64
32 FULLY COMMITTED $343,091 4,545 62.16% $75.49
33 FUN HOME $342,143 4,431 74.85% $77.22
2 HAMILTON $1,854,989 10,756 101.78% $172.46
24 JERSEY BOYS $505,461 5,823 59.27% $86.80
20 KINKY BOOTS $606,568 6,771 59.44% $89.58
14 LES MISÉRABLES $685,321 8,241 73.11% $83.16
29 LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT $433,191 4,975 96.70% $87.07
12 MATILDA $815,427 10,465 91.35% $77.92
13 ON YOUR FEET! $787,779 7,809 60.03% $100.88
7 PARAMOUR $1,024,450 12,000 79.11% $85.37
6 SCHOOL OF ROCK $1,024,700 10,800 90.30% $94.88
17 SHE LOVES ME $644,551 7,679 95.99% $83.94
9 SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED $960,427 7,766 100.80% $123.67
18 SOMETHING ROTTEN! $628,040 7,764 66.32% $80.89
5 THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,305,975 8,726 102.32% $149.66
22 THE COLOR PURPLE $578,875 6,837 81.32% $84.67
26 THE CRUCIBLE $482,516 6,027 79.30% $80.06
31 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $344,839 4,634 56.90% $74.42
36 THE FATHER $251,465 3,470 66.73% $72.47
27 THE HUMANS $457,093 4,407 95.64% $103.72
25 THE KING AND I $483,314 5,888 70.30% $82.08
1 THE LION KING $2,059,644 13,544 99.82% $152.07
10 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $857,783 9,881 76.95% $86.81
8 WAITRESS $981,923 8,212 98.23% $119.57
3 WICKED $1,684,817 13,270 91.80% $126.96
TOTALS $27,019,163 274,699 79.33% $93.31
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