With the Tony Awards underway, the new Broadway season kicked-off this past week with just under $35 million in sales.
According to Deadline, the total box office sales for the week ending in June 2 totaled $34,574,185 – slipping 4 percent with 306,164 ticket buyers. During this week, 38 productions ran, including new shows like Terrance McNally’s Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune, and Yanni, who is performing as a part of the In Residence on Broadway series at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. While Frankie and Johnny pulled in a mere $274,391 at 23 percent of its potential, Yanni’s sales were slightly higher with $527,138 at 39 percent of its potential.
On the other hand, Aaron Sorkin and Scott Rudin’s To Kill A Mockingbird has continued to soar, pulling in more than 100 percent of its capacity with $1,593,907 in sales at the Shubert, followed by Hadestown at the Walter Kerr, garnering $1,181,102. Other top-selling shows of the week include The Temptations’ musical Ain’t Too Proud, Aladdin, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Network, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Wicked, among others.
The numbers may be down from previous weeks, however, it looks like a last push for theatregoers to see some shows ahead of the Tonys. Ain’t Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Hadestown, The Prom, and Tootsie are up for Best Musical, while To Kill A Mockingbird, The Boys in the Band, and The Cher Show are among plays nominated in other categories.
This past year’s Broadway season broke the box office record, bringing in $1,800,000 in sales with an attendance increase by 7 percent. Theatre fans can look forward to upcoming shows like The Rose Tattoo featuring Marisa Tomei and The Sound Inside with Mary-Louis Parker, as well as plays in-the-works like a Mrs. Doubtfire musical and a show based on Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.