Broadway Box-Office Analysis, April 27-May 3: How Did the Tony Nominations Impact Broadway? Fun Home Sees a Big Boost

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, April 27-May 3: How Did the Tony Nominations Impact Broadway? Fun Home Sees a Big Boost
 
Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.

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Whether the Tony nominations will pump up the box office at the most-recognized shows will be revealed in the coming weeks, but the nominations — which were announced April 28 — didn’t have much effect last week.

An American in Paris, which tied with Fun Home for the most nominations (12), did a little better in attendance (plus 207), but slipped a bit at the box office by $15,017. Capacity was a healthy 97%. Fun Home saw a much bigger improvement. Attendance was up by 250, and the gross by $95,812. Houses were 98% full.

Something Rotten!, the new musical which received 10 nominations, also saw a bit of a bump, collecting $84,440 above the previous week (even if attendance was down by 788). Houses were at 84% capacity. The revival of The King and I, which won nine nominations, remained at capacity, as it has since its first preview. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two got the most nominations of any play, but lost ground at the box office, raking in $9,556 less than the previous week. About 62% of its seats were sold. Finding Neverland, which was shut out of the nominations, lost little ground, playing to houses 94% packed and taking in 74% of the possible box office. Attendance and monies collected were basically the same as the previous week.

Other shows whose box offices cared not what the Tony gods said included Fish in the Dark (no nominations) and The Audience (3), both of which sold out anyway.

Living on Love, the new comedy starring opera star Renee Fleming, decided to close up shop after being ignored by the Tony Award nominators. During its final week at the Longacre, it played to 56% capacity and collected a meager 17% of its gross. The Heidi Chronicles also wrapped up its run last week, filling 68% of its seats, and taking in 43% of the potential box office — $65,046 better than the previous week. Attendance was up by 1,260.

Overall, Broadway collected $26,274,485 across 35 shows, about a million and a half less than the previous week. Attendance was down roughly 16,000 to 269,518.

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