Six had its best week, Mrs. Doubtfire was back and several new shows joined the Broadway slate last week as the box office soared 23% overall to $34,729,295. Compared to the previous week, total Broadway attendance rose about 16% to 261,835 for the 34 productions.
The attendance figure indicates that approximately 87% of all available seats were filled in the week ending April 17, comparable to the previous week.
Among the notable numbers: The Musical Sixwhich resumed previews after the Covid shutdown last September, grossed $1,357,276, surpassing its own record of $1,347,922 for the week ending December 19, 2021. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also had its most profitable week since performances resumed last fall, with $1,964,665.
Mrs. Doubtfire, which went on hiatus during the height of Omicron’s rise in January, returned to the Stephen Sondheim Theater with six performances, grossing $528,807 and playing at 97% capacity. The average ticket price was around $90.
Among the newcomers to the list: The Pulitzer-winning A strange loop began previews at the Lyceum, grossing $202,403 for four performances, at 75% capacity and with an average ticket of $73. POTUS (full title: POTUS: Or, behind every big fool are seven women trying to keep him alive.) played four previews at The Shubert to 60% full houses, grossing $152,727 with a modest average ticket of $44.
Three shows had their official opening parties during the week, along with the usual comps and press parties: The little Prince took in $373,831, with 57% seats occupied and an average ticket of $56; Minutes filled 85% of the seats, grossing $304,074 with an average ticket of $67; and American buffalo scored $543,714 at 95% capacity and an average ticket of $95.
List of the week of productions sold out (or close, at 98% capacity or more) included funny girl ($1,415,086); Hadesville ($1,044,339); hamilton ($2,453,319); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ($1,964,665); macbeth ($1,170,013, six performances); GM ($1,462,484); Six ($1,357,276); The Book of Mormon ($1,134,629); The Lion King ($2,560,960); The music man ($3,328,253); and Bad ($2,314,088).
The emissions that reached the bottom of their capacities were, in addition to POTUS and The little Prince, The skin of our teeth ($138,610, 45%) and Tina ($826,821, 60%). Mr Saturday night grossed $652,920, at 66% attendance capacity.
All shows from last week Paradise Square have been canceled due to Covid.
Since the start of the season, Broadway has grossed $687,243,514, with total attendance of 5,467,067 at around 82% capacity.
The 34 productions grossing numbers on Broadway last week were Aladdin; American buffalo; beetle juice; birthday candles; The Book of Mormon; Chicago; Come from afar; Company; Dear Evan Hansen; for girls of color who have thought about suicide/when the rainbow is enough; funny girl; Hadesville; Hamilton; hanged; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; How I learned to drive; The Lion King; The little Prince; MJ; Minutes; Red Mill!; Mr. Saturday night; Mrs. Doubtfire; The Music Man; The Phantom of the Opera; Plaza Suite; POTUS; Six; The skin of our teeth; A strange loop; Take me out; Tina; and Bad.
All figures courtesy of Broadway League.