Gross ticket sales on Broadway were down $2.4 million leading in to the first week of June with Tony Award nominees still coming out on top despite a drop in overall attendance figures and a decrease in sales among several of the Great White Way’s productions.
According to figures posted by The Broadway League, overall sales fell to $24.2 million through the week ending June 3 with 32 shows experiencing a decrease from the previous week’s sales and a slight increase among just four shows.
“Don’t Dress for Dinner” had the greatest increase in ticket sales in terms of percentage, earning $189,832, up 9.9 percent. “Death of a Salesman” played its final performance on June 2, breaking the house record at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre for the eighth time, according to Broadway.com — sales for the show continued to climb with sales of $1.1 million and an increase of $52,169, the greatest of any Broadway production, according to figures posted by Playbill.com.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” ($299,657) had the greatest loss in terms of percentage with sales down 28.4 percent. “Godspell” ($168,04) followed closely behind with sales down 22.9 percent and “Chicago” ($497,826) also had a significant loss with ticket sales down 18.7 percent. Based on figures on Playbill.com, “ Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” and “Evita” both had a decrease in ticket sales of over $200,000 — the greatest of all of the productions — but they still managed to earn a spot among the top-grossing shows.
While ticket sales for “Nice Work If You Can Get It” have continuously decreased over the past few weeks, this time around the show was unable to keep sales above the $1 million mark. “Nice Work” experienced a decrease of 15.9 percent with gross sales of $846,027. In relation to their decrease in sales, capacity for the show was down 14.1 percent, with the Imperial Theatre filled to just 71.6 percent of capacity, compared to over 85 percent the previous week.
With the Tony Awards coming up on June 10, Best Musical nominee “Newsies” played to a packed house through the week ending June 3, with capacity at 101.5 percent at the Nederlander Theatre. Ticket sales continue to climb for “Once,” which is also up for the Best Musical award — sales were up nearly one percent over the previous week with gross sales of $827,501.
Broadway newcomer “Harvey” was one of just four productions to increase sales. The show took in $491,643, up 4.5 percent, filling Studio 54 to 91.7 percent of capacity, up slightly from the previous week.
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
|Weekly Gross||Total Atten.||Prev.||Perf.||Total Capacity||Avg. Ticket Price||Atten. %|
|Death of a Salesman
|Don’t Dress For Dinner
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|Gore Vidal’s The Best Man
|Jesus Christ Superstar
|Nice Work If You Can Get It
|One Man, Two Guvnors
|Other Desert Cities
|Peter and the Starcatcher
|Porgy and Bess
|Rock of Ages
|The Book of Mormon
|The Lion King
|The Phantom of the Opera
|Venus in Fur
All data provided by The Broadway League.