David Byrne’s American Utopia may be heading into its final week on Broadway, but the show set a box office record at the Hudson Theatre last week.
Currently, American Utopia is running at the theater through February 16 and has only been on Broadway for a limited time. However, during the week ending February 9, the play grossed $1,416,344 for just seven performances, beating the previous high-water mark set by eight performances of Sunday in the Park With George back in April 2017. The record-setting numbers helped the box office reach 154 percent of its potential, Deadline notes, meaning that the premium-priced seats helped the show go above and beyond its standard-price potential.
Utopia‘s performance helped the overall Broadway box office bump its sales last week, jumping from $26,036,075 the previous week to $26,971,364. Average ticket prices for the show rang in at around $211, reaching up to $649 for top premium seats. During that week, Broadway’s average ticket price for all 26 shows was $113. Other shows like Girl From The North Country, which played its first three Broadway previews at the Belasco Theatre, helped boost sales.
The concert-theater show follows Byrne’s sold-out world tour in support of his 2018 studio album of the same name. He is joined onstage by 11 diverse musicians from across the globe with choreography by Annie-B Parson.