A cooler Broadway week
BroadwayTheater May 13, 2008 By Carol-Ann Rudy
Along with the storms that moved up the Appalachians to the east coast came a dampening of the climate on Broadway. The box office this past week was $18,736,548, compared to $19,146,988 in the previous reporting period, and both weeks were poorer than the same week a year ago at $20,063,202. However, both Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the American Airlines Theatre and Boeing-Boeing at the Longacre were up 15 percent in capacity. The biggest drop in attendance was Spamalot, by 16 percent, followed by Avenue Q, down almost 11 percent.
Last week was also the week of the 58th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, which were announced by stage and screen star Sandy Duncan and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. South Pacific earned the most awards of the evening, with four wins for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical, and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
Young Frankenstein earned the most nominations at ten, and tied Xanadu for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. August: Osage County by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts earned three wins including the honor of Best Play, and Passing Strange took Best Musical. Congratulations are also in order for Dividing the Estate, Adding Machine, and The Homecoming, which were also awarded top prizes.
Top Girls opened at the Biltmore on May 7
The 39 Steps reopened at the Cort on May 8
“Glory Days” opened and closed on May 6 at Circle in the Square due to poor reception by critics.
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
|Weekly Gross||Total Atten.||Prev.||Perf.||Total Capacity||Avg. Ticket Price||Atten. %|
|A Catered Affair|
|A Chorus Line|
|August: Osage County|
|Cat on a Hot Tin Roof|
(Circle in Square)
|In the Heights|
|Les Liaisons Dangereuses|
|The 39 Steps|
|The Country Girl|
|The Lion King|
|The Little Mermaid|
|The Phantom of the Opera|
All data provided by The Broadway League
Last Updated on May 13, 2008 by By Carol-Ann Rudy