Broadway producers had loads of causes to pop the bubbly as 2018 wound down, with many reveals recording their most worthwhile weeks regardless of some eye-popping ticket costs.
Eight reveals final week earned greater than $2 million for the week ending Dec. 30, led by “Hamilton,” ″The Lion King” and “Wicked,” in keeping with the Broadway League, a nationwide commerce affiliation for the trade. “Hamilton” crossed the $four million mark for the week, with a median ticket costing $375.39.
The 12 months ended with the perfect attended and highest grossing week on document. Grosses soared to $57.eight million for the week, attracting 378,910 patrons. By approach of comparability, the 12 months 2017 ended with grosses at $35.eight million and 244,973 patrons.
New weekly highs have been reached by reveals together with “Mean Girls,” which earned $1.9 million over eight reveals, and “The Ferryman,” which pulled in simply over $1 million over eight performances. Even the musical “Chicago” received into the act on the mature age of 22, incomes $1.2 million.
There was dueling hype for 2 play properties: The two-part “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” set a brand new Broadway document for weekly ticket gross sales for a play, reporting a gross of over $2.5 million for eight reveals. But not far-off, “To Kill a Mockingbird” introduced in $1.7 million over eight reveals, making it the very best single-week grossing American play in Broadway historical past.
“King Kong” might have been dismissed by critics however the monster ape musical received to boast that Sunday’s matinee grossed $243,090 — the best-selling single efficiency within the historical past of the Broadway Theatre.
Those who boasted surpassing the $2 million mark included all three Disney choices: “Aladdin” broke the New Amsterdam Theatre document by attracting $2.6 million on 9 performances, “Frozen” set a brand new document on the St. James Theatre with $2.three million over eight reveals, and “The Lion King” shattered the Minskoff Theatre document with $three.7 million over 9 reveals.
Some reveals labored very laborious for his or her information. Magic present “The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays” set a brand new all-time weekly field workplace document on the Marquis Theatre of $2.9 million however needed to do it with 16 performances.
The time round Christmas and New Year’s is normally Broadway’s increase time, however this vacation season was significantly flush, pushed by premium pricing, comparatively heat climate and several other reveals going from eight performances every week to 9.
Not each present was downing Champagne. The reunion of “American Idol” alums Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken for a Christmas live performance attracted a mere $163,429 over 9 reveals, simply 11 p.c of its potential gross. The theater was 27 p.c full for the week.