Despite a blizzard that brought much of the York City metro area to a standstill on January 4, Farinelli and the King reported its second-highest box office take, earning $814,072 for the week ending January 7.
The production was top earner among Broadway’s eight currently running plays, beating out the Uma Thurman-led Parisian Woman by more than $100,000 for a full eight-performance week.
Farinelli’s lead was due in part by an unexpected cancellation at Meteor Shower on January 7 after both Amy Schumer and Laura Benanti were sidelined due to illness, reducing it to seven performances rather than its regularly-scheduled eight-show week.
Year over year Broadway is ahead in its first full week of 2018, surpassing last year’s take of $29,567,891 by $2.6 million, coming in at $32,207,507 for the first full week of January.
With the exception of the Bette Midler revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began performances in March of last year, each of Broadway’s top-earning shows surpassed last year’s figures, including Hamilton at $3,132,598 over $2,456,491; The Lion King at $2,622,799 over $2,045,683; Wicked at $1,926,621 over $1,845,325; and Dear Evan Hansen at $1,744,820 over $1,065,347. Midler brought in $2,206,170 for her penultimate week in Dolly! at the Shubert Theatre.