No Bette, No Box Office for Hello, Dolly!? No Bette, No Box Office for Hello, Dolly!?
Hello, Dolly! was hit with a huge drop in sales for the week that just ended, corresponding with the first week of star Bette... No Bette, No Box Office for Hello, Dolly!?

Hello, Dolly! was hit with a huge drop in sales for the week that just ended, corresponding with the first week of star Bette Midler’s vacation. The drop, from $2.3 million to $936,000, amounted to 60% for the show. That’s highest week-to-week slide for any show in 2017, per Lee Seymour in Forbes.

That there was a drop isn’t all that surprising. With the July 4th holiday, sales were down across the board on the Great White Way. Overall, grosses were down 9.4% to 31.9 million.

Midler is back from vacation after next week, a welcome sight for producers of the revival. The show has shattered records since its opening in April, becoming the highest-grossing ever at the Shubert theatre.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet may have a big drop next week, due to the pending departure of star Josh Groban. This week, his last with the production, saw a $55,000 jump for the show. That broke the production’s own record at the Music Box theatre with $1.34 million total.

Visit Forbes.com to read more on the week that was in Broadway sales.

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