A Bronx Tale, which heads into its last week (the show closes August 5 at the Longacre after 700 performances), has enjoyed a steady uptick in ticket sales since the closing announcement was made in June. The production grossed $737,652.75 for the week ending July 29 (up more than $70,000 from the previous week), 80 percent of its gross potential.
Another long-running musical to see an uptick in sales: Sara Bareilles’ Waitress, which currently stars Smash actor Katharine McPhee as Jenna. The show grossed $896,760.70, up more than $100,000 from the previous week.
It was a historic week for Broadway in another sense. The brand-new musical Head Over Heels, a celebration of queer culture and all-round love featuring the hits of the Go-Gos, made history thanks to its star Peppermint, the first performer who identifies as a trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway. The show enjoyed an uptick in sales the week of opening, with a $36,000 difference in grosses from the previous week. Capacity at the Hudson Theatre went from 80 percent to almost 88 percent.
Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, which also celebrated its Broadway opening last week (and also made history as the first play by an Asian-American woman produced on Broadway), saw the Hayes Theater filled to 97 percent capacity over eight performances.