Merrily We Roll Along, the Sondheim musical revival starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, was Broadway’s sole sell-out last week, filling every last seat at the Hudson Theatre with an eye-popping average ticket price of $234.40.
The critically acclaimed revival added a hefty $1,811,423 to Broadway’s overall weekly box office take of $26,546,735. Total weekly attendance for the 28 shows on Broadway was 223,151 for the week ending November 5; both the total gross and attendance figures held fairly steady from the previous week.
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Though Merrily was the only show at 100% of capacity, a few others came close. Both Hamilton and The Lion King were at 99%, Moulin Rouge! was 97% and I Need That, the just-opened comedy starring Danny DeVito from the subscription-based non-profit Roundabout Theatre Co., filled 98% of seats at the American Airlines Theatre.
Making news today was Here Lies Love, the immersive David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical that announced a November 26 closing date after just four months on the boards. The $22 million production filled only 79% of seats at the heavily renovated Broadway Theatre last week, grossing $768,244.
New to the roster is Spamalot, the revival of the Eric Idle-John Du Prez musical starring Taran Killam, Ethan Slater, Michael Urie, Christopher Fitzgerald, James Monroe Iglehart, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Jimmy Smagula and Nik Walker. In its first week of previews at St. James, the musical was at 90% of capacity, grossing a solid $657,550 for six performances. Opening night is November 16.
Also in previews is Harmony, the new Barry Manilow-Bruce Sussman musical at the Ethel Barrymore. Though attendance was up a bit over the previous week, the show’s gross was down about $38,000 to $481,161 81 for seven performances. Average ticket price was a modest $82.39. Opening night is November 13.
Season to date, Broadway has grossed $678,921,876, with total attendance at 5,573,208.
All figures courtesy of The Broadway League. For complete box office listings, visit the League’s website.
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