All but six of Broadway’s current 22 productions filled more than 90% of their available seats last week, and most of those that didn’t hit that mark came close, according to detailed early box office numbers. office published this season by the Broadway. League.
Altogether, the 22 shows grossed a total of $26,656,904 in the week ending March 20, a 19% jump from $22 million the previous week. The total paying attendance of 196,036 was a 16% increase from the previous week’s 168,999, and indicates that around 92% of the total seats available were occupied.
For the first time since Broadway returned from the Covid pandemic shutdown last September, the League – the trade organization representing theater owners and producers – has released box office data for each of the 22 productions. The League had only released combined figures for all productions due to the impact of Covid on playing times and other statistics.
This week’s box office report says most Broadway shows are doing more than solid business as spring arrives, with Hadestown, Hamilton, Plaza Suite, Six, The Music Man and Bad with sold-out attendance. Aladdin, America Utopia, Birthday Candles, Company, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, MJ, Moulin Rouge!, Paradise Square, The Book of Mormon and The Lion King shows an attendance greater than 90% of its capacity, while Chicago, Come From Afar, Dear Evan Hansen, Get Me Out (a subscriber-intensive production of the nonprofit Second Stage Theatre) and The Phantom of the Opera fluctuated between 80% and 90%. Only Tina – The Tina Turner Musical fell below the 60% mark, with 55% of the available places occupied.
On the dollar side, no less than 12 productions brought in more than a million dollars for the week, including The music man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, leading the way — by a long shot — with a take of $3.4 million. Coming second was hamilton, with $2.2 million. (Other members of the Million-Dollar-Plus Club were Aladdin, Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, MJ, Moulin Rouge, Plaza Suite, Six, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and Bad.)
While the average paid admission for the entire Broadway slate was around $136, several of the shows went well over that number: both hamilton and Square Suite (the Neil Simon revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, currently premiering) posted average ticket prices of $213, while The music man seats went for a whopping $283 on average. The music man also reported the highest premium ticket price at $697, with Square Suite next at $549 and hamilton at $449.
The bargains were two shows at non-profit theaters: take me outstarring Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams, had an average ticket price of $86 and the Roundabout production of birthday candles with Debra Messing ($70 average).
Paradise Squarethe new musical, produced by Garth Drabinsky at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, was selling tickets for a low average of $47.
Season-to-date, Broadway has grossed $568,550,517, with total attendance of 4,555,189 at about 82% capacity.
Productions reporting performances on Broadway during the week ending March 20 were Aladdin; birthday candles; The Book of Mormon; Chicago; Come from afar; Company; American Utopia by David Byrne; Dear Evan Hansen; Hadesville; Hamilton; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; The Lion King; MJ; Red Mill!; The Music Man; place of paradise; The Phantom of the Opera; Plaza Suite; Six; Take me out; Tina; and Bad.
In the previews were Square Suite (opening March 28); Paradise Square (opening April 3); take me out (opening April 4) and birthday candles (opening April 10).
All figures courtesy of The Broadway League,