Four new shows said hello to Broadway this week. The best showing, somewhat surprisingly, was made by Fun Home, the challenging new musical that was previously a hit Off-Broadway. It sold out its four previews at Circle in the Square, taking in 59% of its potential box office. Only slightly behind Fun Home in terms of attendance was the new musical comedy Something Rotten!, which filled 99% of its seats. In terms of box office, it did better, collecting 69% of the gross. A nice start for both shows, both of which are trading mainly on their titles, not stars.
Brian d'Arcy James, Christian Borle, Heidi Blickenstaff, Brad Oscar, Kate Reinders Offer a Taste of Something Rotten!
The Visit, the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Terrence McNally musical, has a star — a big one: Chita Rivera. Its first five previews at the Lyceum played to houses 80% full. The gross was a mere 35%. Finally, Doctor Zhivago, the fourth new show, performed to auditoriums that were 89% full and garnered 60% of its box office over three previews at the Broadway Theatre.
Wolf Hall, the ambitious two-part production about Henry VIII, improved its showing at the Winter Garden this past week. It collected 64% of the possible box office and seated 80% capacity crowds. Gigi, also in its second week, stayed roughly static, commanding houses that were 78% full, though it took in only 41% of the gross, a drop from last week. It Shoulda Been You, the new musical at the Brooks Atkinson, slid in both areas, selling 79% of its seats over six previews and taking in only 35% of its potential monies.
Of the other shows still in previews, David Hare’s Skylight sold 97% of its tickets, the new play Hand to God sold 86% and the musical An American in Paris sold 92%. All three showed improvement over the previous week.