Broadway Box Office Analysis Nov. 16-22: Theatergoers Welcome Fiddler Back by Packing the House

News   Broadway Box Office Analysis Nov. 16-22: Theatergoers Welcome Fiddler Back by Packing the House
 
While the number of shows on offer climbed to 38 — with fans flocking to the first performances of Fiddler on the Roof — box office dollars were down across Broadway.

The latest revival of the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof arrived on Broadway just in time for the holiday season, and performed handsomely over three previews at the Broadway Theatre, playing to 99% capacity and collecting 83% of its potential box office. It’s a good beginning for a show that should prove attraction to tourists and locals during December.

The new revival of The Color Purple, at the Jacobs, did well in its second week of previews. Seats were 94% full and the gross stood at 77%. Those numbers mark a steady carryover from the previous week.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock, also in previews, played to 82% capacity audiences and took in 51% of its gross. Its box-office collections dipped $191,884 from the previous week.

There are now 38 shows running on Broadway and, as with last week, only two did sell-out business: the predictable Hamilton and The Book of Mormon — though, despire having delayed its opening, China Doll came close at 95% capacity. The new David Mamet starring Al Pacino, was down by $177,235, though it still collected 92% of its possible gross.

The acclaimed new revival of A View From the Bridge owns the biggest jump at the box office, rising $84,589. Most of the other box office saw a slide, the most severe belonging to the newbie School of Rock. Usual winners like Aladdin, Beautiful and Fun Home did not perform as robustly as usual.  Overall box office, too, took a dip, despite the addition of two shows to the roster. Last week, The Street took in $28,476,229. This week it collected $26,940,623. Attendance, also, was down by about 13,000. The season-to-date numbers stood at $663,550,185, which is a few million less than last season’s $667,471,431.

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