Thursday, June 7, 2012

Broadway Box Office: Week 1: 05.28 - 06.03.12

Broadway Box Office
Week #1 of the 2012 - 2013 Season
May 28 - June 3; 36 Productions

This is the first official week of the new season, and the first show of 2012-2013, Harvey (13), is now in previews.  Mega-hit, Death of a Salesman (2), closed June 2nd, and several shows have announced their closing shortly.  One show, Godspell (35), has its producer, Ken Davenport, admitting publicly that his show's future really depends on the ticket sales following their performance on this Sunday's Tony Awards.  This week, every show except Harvey and Death of a Salesman posted losses in either percentage of attendance or change in gross or (most shows) both.  Even the gains posted by the play revivals were minuscule - Harvey had the biggest attendance gain at just .8% and Death's increase in receipts was the biggest at just $52K.  Jesus Christ Superstar (31), The Lyons (36), and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (24) continue to struggle at the box office.  Only two of the Best Musical nominees - Once (6) and Disney's Newsies (5) - continue to be strong.  The third, Nice Work If You Can Get It (11), dipped over 14% in capacity last week.  This pre-Tony slump isn't all that surprising - this being the week after Memorial Day, after all - but it also shows there is no clear blockbuster among the nominated shows. 

1 The Book of Mormon Musical Eugene O'Neill

2 Death of  a Salesman* Play Revival Barrymore

3 Disney's The Lion King Musical Minskoff

4 Wicked Musical Gershwin

5 Disney's Newsies: The Musical Musical Nederlander

6 Once Musical Bernard B. Jacobs

7 Evita Musical Revival Marquis

8 Jersey Boys Musical August Wilson

9 Rock of Ages Musical Helen Hayes

10 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Musical Foxwoods

11 Nice Work If You Can Get It Musical Imperial

12 Gore Vidal's The Best Man Play Revival Gerald Schoenfeld

13 Harvey Play Revival Studio 54

13 tie The Phantom of the Opera Musical Majestic

15 War Horse Play Vivian Beaumont

16 Mamma Mia Musical Winter Garden

16 tie One Man, Two Guvnors Play Music Box

18 Chicago Musical Revival Ambassador

19 Disney's Mary Poppins Musical New Amsterdam

20 Clybourne Park Play Walter Kerr

21 The Columnist Play Samuel J. Friedman

22 Peter and the Starcatcher Play Brooks Atkinson

23 Venus in Fur Play Lyceum

24 The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Musical Revival Richard Rodgers

24 tie Anything Goes Musical
Stephen Sondheim

26 Ghost: The Musical Musical Lunt-Fontanne

27 End of the Rainbow Play Belasco

28 Memphis Musical Shubert

29 Sister Act Musical Broadway

30 Other Desert Cities Play Booth

31 Jesus Christ Superstar Musical
Neil Simon

32 Priscilla Queen of the Desert Musical Palace

33 Don't Dress for Dinner Play American Airlines

34 A Streetcar Named Desire Play  Broadhurst

35 Godspell Musical

36 The Lyons Play Cort

* - Death of a Salesman played 7 performances this week.  The production closed on Saturday, June 2, 2012.

(To find out how this is calculated, please click HERE.)

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