Of those few productions that experienced an uptick, Spider-Man continued to show strength, as theatregoers seemingly flocked to the spectacle in its final weeks of performance at the Foxwoods. The musical played to an incredible 105.85% capacity — a figure that beat out The Book of Mormon, the usual weekly record holder. (No other shows, save Betrayal and Kinky Boots, played to capacity.) In terms of box office, however, the two shows are more poorly matched. Spider-Man took in only 58% of its possible gross, while Mormon — which has an average paid admission that is nearly three times that of Spider-Man — collected 134%.
Also nearing its closing date, but not receiving nearly the same kind of box-office love that Spider-Man is enjoying, is the new musical Big Fish. It ran to houses that were 68% full and collected a mere 37% of its potential gross.
The starry revival Betrayal, which played to full houses again this week, has not fallen from that capacity perch for a single week since beginning performances Oct. 1 at the Barrymore. The limited run is set to expire Jan. 5, 2014. At this rate, the show is likely to bat 1,000, attendance-wise, for the entirety of its Broadway run.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.