The Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which announced it will close September 3, enjoyed its strongest week at the box office since Josh Groban departed the production in early July.
The Great Comet earned $981,663 for the week ending August 13—over a $100K increase from last week’s take of $875,613—as fans came to support outgoing Pierre, Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, who played his final performance August 13.
It’s a bittersweet achievement for Onaodowan, who ended his run in the musical prematurely after the show’s producers initially attempted to replace him with Tony winner Mandy Patinkin in an effort to keep the production open.
Fans also flocked to catch the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet! before it concludes its Broadway run August 20 at the Marquis Theatre. The musical earned $1,054,473, marking its second-highest grossing week of 2017 after the New Year holiday.
Last week’s five highest-grossing shows follow: Hamilton ($3,040,435), The Lion King ($2,219, 979), Hello, Dolly! ($2,217,271), Wicked ($2,066,330, having played nine performances instead of the usual eight), and Aladdin ($1,703,893).