Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Nov. 10-16: Bradley Cooper Breaks Records and Emma Stone Welcomes Crowds to the Cabaret

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Nov. 10-16: Bradley Cooper Breaks Records and Emma Stone Welcomes Crowds to the Cabaret
Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.


The Elephant Man showed continued strength at the Booth in its second week. The Bradley Cooper starrer again played to capacity and drew 112% of its potential box-office draw. Indeed, the show broke the Booth Theatre box-office record for the week ending November 16, grossing $966,896.

Over at Circle in the Square, Jez Butterworth's The River, the latest Broadway play to star Hugh Jackman, officially opened. It played to capacity for the week, and, owing to a string of press nights, collected only 83% of its possible box-office monies (compared to last week's 105%). Reviews were mixed, but that will likely have zero effect on the continued popularity of the Jackman vehicle.

Also doing well last week were such dependable performers as It's Only a Play, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Book of Mormon.

The revival of Cabaret played to 85% capacity and collected 68% of its possible box office, despite four pre-scheduled absences by Alan Cumming. It was the first week of performances for "Birdman" star Emma Stone as the new Sally Bowles, and, according to production sources, the musical has begun to see some performances sell out. The revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, at the Brooks Atkinson, saw a notable upswing at the box office, jumping to 75% capacity, its highest showing to date. Box office climbed nearly $100,000 to $483,280, and attendance increased by more than 500 to 5,603. The current stars are Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, who have extended their stay until Dec. 18.

The fortunes of the new production of Side Show are improving. Attendance stood at 86% last week, though box-office gross was still low: 39%. At the Neil Simon, Sting's The Last Ship still struggled, playing before houses that were 62% full.

Overall, box office across Broadway slipped roughly $1 million to $26,438,028. Attendance, too, was down slightly. The number of shows held steady at 35.

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