Broadway Box Office Steady At $34M; ‘Sea Wall/A Life’, ‘The Prom’, ‘Be More Chill’ Fill Seats

Total attendance to date is 3,114,036, about 2% lower than last season at this time. Season to date, Broadway has grossed $376,735,105, down about 9% year to year.
All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.” />
Both musicals saw last-chance upticks though, with Be More Chill, at the Lyceum, grossing $694,441, nearly $150K more than the previous week and about 80% of box office potential. Attendance of 6,992 was 98% of capacity. Both Be More Chill and The Prom closed Aug. 11 after failing to grab any Tony Award love or box office boon.
Attendance was 70% of capacity. Tootsie, one of the spring's best reviewed new musicals, hasn't yet been as convincing with potential audiences, grossing $823,897 for Broadway's Week 11, exactly half of what it could make at the Marquis.
This season's whopper, of course, is Moulin Rouge!, grossing a huge $2.1M and selling out the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
The Prom took in $916,256 at the Longacre, a $100K boost over the prior week, with attendance of 8,308 at 99% of capacity.
11. Together they helped Broadway maintain a steady total box office of $34M for the week of summer dog days ending Aug. Broadway's Be More Chill, The Prom and Sea Wall/A Life were at near-capacity last week, as the first two headed out and the latter had its official welcome.
With only four shows left in his Broadway run at the Lunt-Fontanne (the venue's last in a summer string of short residencies), Barry Manilow grossed $966,953 for five performances, nearly 70% of box office potential, with an average ticket price of $156 filling about 82% of available seats.
Exact box office was $33,808,016. Total attendance for Broadway's 29 productions was 270,326, even with the previous week.
All hovered around the half-way marks of their box office potential, with Kong (at the Broadway) taking $725,500, Pretty Woman (the Nederlander) at $641,808 and Cher (the Neil Simon) at $843,909. In their own countdowns to closing, King Kong, Pretty Woman and The Cher Show – all shuttering Aug. 18 – mostly held steady with their previous so-so summertime traffic.
Others from the spring's roster of openers were a mixed bag. Beetlejuice at the Winter Garden continued to edge out the laggards, grossing $1,023,008, about 78% of potential with attendance at a solid 94% of capacity.
24 at the Helen Hayes, where it hit 99.9% of capacity last week, grossing $519,344. Also nearing the end is the twice-extended Broadway engagement of Heidi Schreck's What The Constitution Means To Me, closing Aug.
8 to rave reviews and 99% full houses. Broadway's most recent arrival, the Jake Gyllenhaal/Tom Sturridge double bill of solo one-acts, Sea Wall/A Life, opened at the Hudson Theatre Aug. Box office receipts of $624,838 were down from the previous week, what with press and opening night comps.
Two of the runaway musical hits of last season showed no signs of letting up. Ain't Too Proud took in $1.5M at the Imperial, with attendance at 97% of capacity, and Hadestown scored $1.3M, with the Walter Kerr Theatre SRO at 101% of capacity.
Sixteen of Broadway's 29 productions played to full (or nearly full, at 98% of capacity or more) houses: Aladdin, Be More Chill, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge!, Sea Wall/A Life, The Book of Mormon, The Prom, To Kill a Mockingbird, What The Constitution Means To Me and Wicked.

‘Hadestown’ & ‘Tootsie’ Bounce Past $1M; Broadway Box Office Settles At $34M

Total box office for 36 productions was $34,151,624, about 11% lower than the previous week. Hadestown and Tootsie joined Broadway's million dollar club last week, each show posting box office totals above the $1M mark, even as Broadway overall slipped from the previous week's spring-break bounce.
Opening night is May 30. The other newcomer was Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, playing its first preview at the Broadhurst. Box office was $69,370, just about 46% of potential – the performance was a heavily comped celebration of playwright Terrence McNally’s 25th Broadway production and director Arin Arbus’ Broadway debut.
The box office news wasn't as bright for some of the season's other new productions: Be More Chill grossed $411,116, less than half its potential. Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus filled 94% of seats at the Booth, but a $54 average ticket price kept box office of $314,335 at about 36% of potential.
return May 8, along with its expected $1M+ addition to the Broadway till). At least a part of last week's slip can be chalked up to Network's brief hiatus (Bryan Cranston & Co. And while Morrissey opened his limited engagement residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the show has opted to report cumulative gross and attendance figures next week.
Expect to see whatever repercussions are to be had from last week's Tony Award nominations in the weeks ahead. Total attendance for Week #49 (ending May 5) was 297,097, a 6% drop.
The week's sell-outs – or close enough, with attendance at 98% of capacity or more – were Ain't Too Proud, Aladdin, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Oklahoma!, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, To Kill a Mockingbird and What The Constitution Means To Me.
Hadestown, the most Tony-nominated show of the season with 14 nominations, had its best week yet, grossing $1,055,456, 96% of potential, with all eight performances SRO. Tootsie, with 11 nominations, took in $1,256,769, with attendance at 87% of capacity (two of last week's eight performances were heavily comped press nights).
All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League.” />
Season to date, Broadway has grossed $1,721,458,772, about 12% better year to year. Attendance of 13,827,004 was up 10% over last year at this time.
Ain't Too Proud continued pulling big numbers, grossing $1,445,734, attendance at 99% of capacity at the Imperial. Attendance for What The Constitution Means To Me reached 99.7% of capacity, taking $495,660. And To Kill A Mockingbird broke its own record at the Shubert for the fourth time, grossing $1,767,464.

Annette Bening Set For ‘All My Sons’ Broadway Revival; Tracy Letts To Co-Star

The limited engagement at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre runs through June 23. Additional cast and the design team will be announced soon.
Annette Bening and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts will star in director Gregory Mosher's Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s classic 1947 drama All My Sons. The Roundabout Theatre Company production, announced today, will begin previews April 4, 2019, with an official opening April 22.
The production will mark Bening's return to the New York stage following her performance opposite John Lithgow in the Public Theater's 2014 Shakespeare in the Park staging of King Lear. Onscreen, she recently starred in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017) and 20th Century Women (2016). Bening made her Broadway debut in 1987 with a Tony-nominated performance in Tina Howe's Coastal Disturbances.
All My Sons is set in the aftermath of WWII, as a long-hidden secret threatens the Kellers.
Actor/playwright Letts won, among other awards, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for writing August: Osage County, and a 2013 Tony Award for his portrayal of George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Bening and Letts will play Kate and Joe Keller, the grieving parents of a missing World War II soldier. Casting of the couple's surviving son, Chris, has not been announced.
The play was last seen on Broadway in 2008 starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes. A London production starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman is planned for an April 2019 opening at the Old Vic.” />

‘Miss Saigon’ Actresses Lea Salonga And Eva Noblezada To Star In Musical Indie ‘Yellow Rose’

Paragas will also serve as a producer with Cecilia Mejia, Orian Williams, Rey Cuerdo, and Co-Producer Jeremiah Abraham (Warner Bros Entertainment, IW Group).” />
The film features original music composed and performed by the cast and director. She will headline the film which also stars the aforementioned Salonga, country music artist Dale Watson, Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep), Gustavo Gomez (Walking Dead, Animal Kingdom), Libby Villari (Boyhood) and Princess Punzalan (Mulawin, Mula sa Puso). This will mark Noblezada feature film debut.
Two generations of Miss Saigon actresses are set to co-star in the musical drama Yellow Rose. Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who played the lead role of Kim in the original Broadway cast will star in the indie opposite Eva Noblezada, who received a Tony nomination for her role as Kim in the 2014 West End and 2017 Broadway revivals.
When her mom is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she runs away and is forced to embark on a journey to forge her own path or face deportation with her mother back to the Philippines. Directed by Diane Paragas, Yellow Rose tells the story of a 17-year old Filipino American girl from Texas who secretly dreams of becoming a country music star of old.