Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Passing Strange Jersey Boys And Rock 'N' Roll: Downbeat Box Office

Passing Strange Jersey Boys And Rock 'N' Roll: Downbeat Box Office

Last week was pretty good for Broadway box office business. With Valentine's Day, Presidents Day weekend and decent temperatures, all but three shows enjoyed a bump up in business week over week.

The week's top show both in terms of gross and capacity was Wicked, which has now been on the Great White Way for nearly four and a half years. The tuner took in $1,363,888 and had a capacity of 98.2%.

Second place for both important categories was The Lion King -- now in the 11th year of its box office reign; the musical earned $1,168,780 and played to a capacity of 98.1%.

The only three shows over the past week to see declines in capacity all have rock and roll themes.

First, with a decline of just 1.3% week over week was Broadway's former #1 in capacity -- Jersey Boys, the musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons -- which still earned a very respectable $1,136,337 with capacity of 96.6%.

Second, with a decline of 4.3% was Rock 'N' Roll. The show just never quite clicked on this side of the Atlantic. Tom Stoppard's play attracted a capacity of just 49.7% and earned $284,190.

Finally, Passing Strange, the stage musical based on the formative years of real-life musician Stew, saw a capacity decrease of 7.1% to 32.1% while taking in a mere $101,496. But expect this show to see a significant spike in business once reviews come in after the show opens in a week.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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2 Comments:

At 20 February, 2008, Blogger Mike said...

I'm looking forward to "Passing Strange" -- but I'm holding off on tickets in hopes of a comp, particularly with these sort of numbers. I know, I know -- cheapskate. But after blowing full price on "Deuce" last year only to see the show eventually succumb to $3.50 tickets, I'm a little gun-shy!

 
At 20 February, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Mike, I think Passing Strange will be this year's surprise critical smash. I was blown away by it.

 

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