While most shows dozed into a post-Thanksgiving lull, the juggernaut of a Hello, Dolly! revival continued to surpass its own records. The production, starring Bette Midler (who celebrated her birthday onstage December 1), grossed $2,478,968, once again breaking the Shubert Organization’s house record.
Midler, who earned a Tony for her performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi, enters her final weeks in the Jerry Zaks-helmed staging. She’ll take her final bow in an Actors Fund benefit performance January 14, 2018, making way for new headliner, three-time Tony recipient Bernadette Peters.
Meanwhile, the new Broadway musical The Band’s Visit was once again in the Millionaire’s Club, playing to full capacity and grossing $1,092,929 (105 percent of its potential).
Among the few shows to increase over last week was Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which raised its capacity a few points and jumped back into seven figures.
Once On This Island played to standing-room-only houses as it invited press in the week leading to its December 3 official opening. With near-unanimous raves, expect the revival’s gross to match (and possibly surpass) its potential in weeks to come.