Broadway Grosses Analysis: An Enemy of the People Joins The $1 Million Club With 1st 7 Previews | Playbill

Grosses Broadway Grosses Analysis: An Enemy of the People Joins The $1 Million Club With 1st 7 Previews

The Jeremy Strong-led revival began its run at Circle in the Square Theatre February 27.

Graphic by Vi Dang

Broadway's newest play revival, a new staging of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (newly adapted here by Amy Herzog) led by Succession star Jeremy Strong, made quite the entrance to the Main Stem last week. Even playing just seven previews (one less than the traditional eight), the Sam Gold-helmed production broke into The $1 Million Club and was among the top 10 highest-grossing shows of the week. The average ticket price was a stout $168.11, no doubt boosted by its top ticket level at $480. Match that with standing-room–only crowds, and we could well be looking at Broadway's hottest new play. That will, of course, depend on that performance continuing as the production settles into its run, but the addition of that eighth performance beginning with this week's schedule could help it raise even higher than its first week out.

Unfortunately, that production's success came as much of the rest of Broadway seemed to struggle. Cumulative grosses fell by 10%, representing a loss of about $2.5 million. With an attendance dip of just 3%, that loss was driven by ticket prices—the cumulative average ticket price fell by $10 to $117.93.

That doesn't mean that it's all gloom and doom, though. Along with An Enemy of the People's success, Water for Elephants brought in a promising $540,599.40 over its first five previews. Appropriate also had an impressive week, the production's final in its non-profit Hayes Theater run. We won't get that title back until its commercial transfer run at the Belasco begins March 25—but that new venue has nearly double the capacity of the Hayes, which could make the Branden Jacobs-Jenkins play a real heavy hitter.

Family titles continue to see the highest attendance, led by usual suspects WickedThe Lion KingAladdin, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The decidedly less family-friendly Moulin Rouge! The Musical closed out the top five highest-attended shows last week.

As for the top grossers, it was business as usual with The Lion KingWickedHamiltonMerrily We Roll Along, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical taking the top five slots.

Take a look at the full report here.

The $1 Million Club (shows that earned $1 million or more at the box office):

(10 of 25 currently running productions)

The 90s Club (shows that played to 90% or higher of their seats filled over the entire week):

  • An Enemy of the People (103.16%)
  • Hadestown (100.11%)
  • Merrily We Roll Along (100%)
  • Appropriate
  • Prayer For the French Republic
  • The Notebook
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  • The Lion King
  • Hamilton
  • SIX: The Musical
  • Doubt
  • Wicked
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Aladdin

(14 of 25 currently running productions)

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