‘Leopoldstadt’, ‘The Piano Lesson’ Lead Broadway Newcomers At Box Office; ‘Funny Girl’, ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Major Draws

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Broadway held fairly steady at the box office last week, with recent arrivals Leopoldstadt and The Piano Lesson leading the pack of fall newcomers with grosses of $758,988 and $704,051, respectively.

In all, Broadway’s 25 current shows took in $25,208,583 for the week ending Oct. 2, a slight 4% slip from the previous week, possibly due to at least in part to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Attendance was off by only 2%, to 209,668.

With six new productions joining the roster in recent weeks, a couple of the old-timers stole some thunder: In it’s final week on Broadway, Come From Away was a sell-out, taking in a huge $1,046,554.

And The Phantom of the Opera, which will close Feb. 18 after a 35-year run, continues to draw a surge of last-chancers: The musical grossed a best-in-ages $1,331,024, filling 98% of seats at the Majestic.

Funny Girl, with replacement-Fanny Lea Michele garnering across-the-board raves, filled its seats and grossed a big $1,638,929. Also of note: The show carries a top premium ticket price of $599, an eye-popping leap over runners-up Into the Woods ($399), Hadestown and Moulin Rouge! (both $349). Average ticket price for Funny Girl, by the way, was a more earthbound $169, with a $49 low-end price.

Checking in on some of the other newcomers:

  • 1776, previewing at the non-prof Roundabout, filled about 85% of seats, grossing $349,151;
  • Cost of Living, also a non-prof production of the Manhattan Theatre Company, sold 84% of its seats, grossing $139,968, with a modest average ticket price of about $33;
  • Death of a Salesman, in previews ahead of an Oct. 9 opening, filled 73% of seats, grossing $438,298;
  • Topdog/Underdog, the most recent arrival, began previews at the Golden Theatre for a gross of $228,761. With 73% of seats filled, average ticket price was $48.63. The Suzan-Lori Parks Pulitzer Prize winner opens Oct. 20.

Season to date, Broadway has grossed $526,353,681, with total attendance of 4,126,744 at about 87% of capacity.

The 25 productions reporting figures on Broadway last week were 1776, Aladdin, Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Cost of Living, Death of a Salesman, Funny Girl, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into the Woods, The Kite Runner, Leopoldstadt, The Lion King, The Music Man, MJ, Moulin Rouge!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Piano Lesson, Six, A Strange Loop, Topdog/Underdog and Wicked.

All figures courtesy of the Broadway League.

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