Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Sept. 7-13: Mamma Mia! Fans Thank Them For the Music

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Sept. 7-13: Mamma Mia! Fans Thank Them For the Music
 
Two shows closed this past week, one a recent visitor, one a long-hauler.

Judy McLane during <i>Mamma Mia!</i> closing night curtain call
Judy McLane during Mamma Mia! closing night curtain call Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Hedwig and the Angry Inch ended its Broadway debut at the Belasco. It had a fine send-off. The show played to capacity houses (the first time the show had managed that trick since the days where Neil Patrick Harris was the star), and took in 88% of its potential box office. Moneys collected were up by $178,207 to $625,159. That was the biggest dollar leap of the week on Broadway. Attendance was up 1,361 to 7,058.

Also concluding this past week was the long Broadway ABBA musical Mamma Mia!. The show has been doing well all summer long, frequently playing to full houses, the first capacity audiences the musical had seen in some time. For its final week, seats were 96% filled. The gross was 77% of the possible, and box office was down by $68,047.

The new Deaf West revival of the musical Spring Awakening began its stay at the Brooks Atkinson, performing before 83% capacity houses over eight previews. The box office take was $448,879, which represented 45% of the potential gross.

Besides Hedwig, the only shows that sold out were The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. (Fun Home, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and The Lion King came close.) The latter had another banner week at the box office, taking in 117% of its potential gross, and commanding an average ticket price of $145.91. Nonetheless, it saw a drop at the box office of $135,430.

The play Hand to God announced that it would close soon. This past week, the struggling production played to 58% capacity houses and garnered just 40% of its potential box office take. Monies were down by $667.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder also announced it would shutter its successful run on Broadway by the end of the year. Its seats were 85% occupied this past week, and the gross stood at 52%.

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