It’s officially fall, and that means Broadway is gearing up for a new season following the closing of various summer shows.
According to Deadline, the box office brought in $29,320,908 last week, which is only one percent more than the previous week. While Deadline notes that Broadway is still “stuck in the summer,” bringing in only .4 percent more attendance at 254,824, the low surge is likely due to the new shows on the market.
Over the next week, Broadway is welcoming the West End smash-hit production The Height of the Storm, the Brian Cox-starrer The Great Society, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Freestyle Love Supreme, and the intense Slave Play. Later this month, theatergoers can expect to see openings from the Steppenwolf production Linda Vista, The Rose Tattoo starring Marisa Tomei, the highly-acclaimed best-seller series turned Broadway The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, and The Sound Inside, starring Mary-Louise Parker.
So far, this Broadway season has grossed $549,726,698, which is down about 9 percent year to year, Deadline notes, with total attendance to date at 4,558,282. These numbers follow the closing of several shows this year, including Pretty Woman, Waitress, King Kong, The Prom, Be More Chill, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
In the coming months, even more shows will head to the Great White Way, including the King Henry V-inspired play Six, the racial tension-driven show A Soldier’s Play, and Alanis Morrisette’s Jagged Little Pill. Then, in 2020, the Princess Diana musical Diana will hit the stage, as well as the new and improved version of Company.