This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:
“All The Way” Goes Out With A Bang
The Robert Schenkkan penned Lyndon B. Johnson bioplay All The Way closed at the end of this past week on June 29, 2014, and not without fanfare. Starring Bryan Cranston in the presidential leading role, this play deals with the Civil Rights period of U.S. history, and Martin Luther King, Jr. is also a major character. Though it had been off to a moderate start at the box office, this show picked up in awards season, winning the Tony Award for Best Play among a slew of other honors. In its second to last week, the show broke the box office record for a new play on Broadway with a weekly gross of $1,425,001. However, in its final week of performances, the play attracted an extremely impressive rise of $198,494 on top of its previous week’s record-setting numbers, grossing a new record-setting total of $1,623,495. This made it the fourth highest grossing show on Broadway that week, with only the megahit musicals Wicked, The Lion King, and The Book of Mormon ahead of it. For a straight play on Broadway, that is a major coup.
“Bullets Over Broadway” May Be On Its Last Legs
Based on the Woody Allen feature film of the same name, the musical Bullets Over Broadway had a lot of hype going into production. However, since it has been running, very little attention has been paid to it. Most notably, it failed to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical, and its box office numbers are now showing the brunt of this inattention. In this past week, the show grossed only $602,629, which was a decrease of $153,930 from the previous week. Perhaps its biggest star attraction is Zach Braff, who was out for a single performance in that eight performance week. Still, this drop in numbers may be an indication that this show is about to enter a period of decline, and may not hold up past the summer.
“Aladdin” Reaches New Heights
This past week, the Disney stage production of Aladdin grossed $1,502,696, which is its highest weekly earnings to date. In the week prior, the show brought in $1,325,987, which was still impressive. In this past week, its high gross made it the fifth highest grossing show on Broadway, after Wicked, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, and All The Way. This bodes well for the musical entering the summer season, and will most likely mean that it continues to bring in high sales throughout this traditionally tourist-driven season.
The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending June 29, 2014:
|A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER||$927,487||7,288||100.44%||$127.26|
|ALL THE WAY||$1,623,495||11,464||100.77%||$141.62|
|BULLETS OVER BROADWAY||$602,629||6,974||53.48%||$86.41|
|HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH||$1,069,004||7,212||102.31%||$148.23|
|HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME||$159,571||3,549||39.93%||$44.96|
|LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL||$537,507||4,485||93.95%||$119.85|
|MOTOWN THE MUSICAL||$992,536||10,261||85.11%||$96.73|
|OF MICE AND MEN||$840,010||8,329||97.03%||$100.85|
|ROCK OF AGES||$319,029||3,950||84.69%||$80.77|
|THE BOOK OF MORMON||$1,658,638||8,752||102.63%||$189.52|
|THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN||$531,521||6,094||70.99%||$87.22|
|THE LION KING||$2,044,928||13,601||100.01%||$150.35|
|THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA||$954,357||11,147||86.81%||$85.62|
|THE REALISTIC JONESES||$428,155||5,050||72.39%||$84.78|
Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2014 nytix.com