Broadway Box-Office Analysis: April 25-May 1 | Playbill

Box Office Broadway Box-Office Analysis: April 25-May 1 Waitress continued to sell out, while Paramour and The Color Purple also had good weeks.
Jessie Mueller in Waitress Jeremy Daniel

The new musical Waitress continued to do very well at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, playing to capacity crowds again last week. Box office collections were an improvement, as well, climbing $161,065—the biggest jump of any show on Broadway—to $907,936, which represented 89 percent of the gross.

Only Hamilton and The Book of Mormon also sold out last week, though The Lion King, Shuffle Along and Aladdin were so close as to virtually be at capacity.

In its second week of previews at the Lyric Theatre, Cirque du Soleil’s show Paramour grossed $1,065,771 across six performances. That was a modest improvement over last week’s gross of $1,018,941. Capacity was at 97 percent.

Opening last week were the shows Fully Committed, Tuck Everlasting, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. All suffered a bit in the gross, as expected, owing to the number of press seats. Shuffle Along, as previously mentioned, filled the most seats. The O’Neill came in second, filling 96 percent of its chairs.

The revival of The Color Purple enjoyed a nice bump at the box office of $109,484. This brought its monies up to $879,248, which was 83 percent of the gross. Houses were at a healthy 98 percent capacity.

Fiddler on the Roof, which has been doing middling business at the Broadway Theatre, saw a nice lift, rising $136,054 at the box office, bringing collections up to $854,640. Still, this was just 55 percent of the potential box office, with 74 percent of the tickets sold.

The biggest till of the week belonged to The Lion King, which raked in $1,950,539. Second up was Hamilton with $1,818,758. Wicked was third with $1,660,014. Overall box office across The Street was $28,331,922, a leap of more than a million over the previous week.

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