“The Music Man” was the highest grossing show on Broadway last week, bringing in $3.45 million, according to box office reports from the week ended March 20.
Coming in just below the typical box office leaders, the revival of “Plaza Suite” grossed $1.7 million in the week ended March 20. On the other end, new musical “Paradise Square” grossed $355,401 across its first eight preview performances, albeit with a capacity of 97%, suggesting ticket giveaways and discounting.
In the weeks since, several new shows have been selling strong. “The Music Man” has grossed more than $3 million for the past five weeks and more than $2.5 million in the weeks before that. This comes as a result of strong attendance and average ticket prices of $240 or more for the past 10 weeks.
“Plaza Suite,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, has grossed close to $1.6 million in each three of its eight-show weeks so far. The average ticket price for the play across those weeks was $209.82, one of the highest on the boards.
Some returning shows have faced tougher comparisons. “Dear Evan Hansen,” which resumed Broadway performances on Dec. 11, has been grossing less than $1 million since early January, with an average capacity of 82% across that time period. Last week, the musical grossed $814,752. In the 2019-2020 season, the musical regularly grossed at or above $1 million and played to full houses.
“Tina” played to a capacity of 55% last week, bringing in $778,222, and at a 49% capacity in the previous week. “Come From Away” played to a capacity of 84%, its highest attendance since October, and grossed $620,294 last week. This follows capacities of 68% and 58% in the prior two weeks.
The League had previously said it would not release show-by-show numbers due to the uneven comparisons to previous seasons, but reversed course ahead of the busy spring season.
Unlike past years, the newly released grosses do not include each production’s gross potential, which makes it more difficult to measure how well each show is doing. The League did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication on the exclusion of this metric.