Broadway’s grosses saw a slight improvement last week, even as the disparity between highest and lowest grossing shows continues to grow.
For the week ending May 8, Broadway’s total gross was $31,199,660, up 7% from the previous week. Attendance was also up slightly from last week at 249,219. There were 36 shows in performance.
A number of shows played to 99% capacity last week, including “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” which saw a handful of its original cast members depart on May 8, “Plaza Suite” and “The Music Man.”
Four productions played to less than 50% capacity last week, including “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” “Hangmen,” “POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive” and “The Skin of Our Teeth.”
Another 13 productions played to less than 70% capacity.
“for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” which announced last week it will close prematurely on May 22, played to just over 39% capacity, grossing $159,092.90.
“Mr. Saturday Night” only played five performances last week after Billy Crystal came down with a non-COVID illness. The production grossed $565,411.50 and played to 68% capacity.
“A Strange Loop,” which leads the pack with 11 Tony nominations, saw a 14% increase at the box office in its first full week of performances after opening. It grossed $476,797.00 and played to 67% capacity.
“Paradise Square” played to 61% capacity, up 12% from the previous week. However, the show grossed $193,669.30, down 6% from last week. The show received 10 Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
“The Little Prince” closed at the end of the performance week on May 8.