‘The Wiz’, ‘Cabaret’ Among Week’s Top-Earning Newcomers – Broadway Box Office

Broadway‘s spring newcomers continued pulling in the city’s tastemakers, tourists and the merely curious last week, with overall box office down about 10% from the previous week but most new shows filling at least 90% of their seats.

Topping the newcomers was Cabaret with Eddie Redmayne as the Emcee (full title of the revival: Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club), fill all seats at the August Wilson Theatre and grossing $1,731,227 for seven previews. Opening night is April 21.

Second highest earner of the previewing or just-opened shows was The Wiz, grossing $1,288,057 for seven performances at the Marquis, with attendance at 93% of capacity. Opening night is April 17.

Two productions had their opening weeks: The Outsiders, selling out the Jacobs and grossing $787,966; and Lempicka, which opened Sunday night following days of heavily comped press previews, with attendance at 94% of capacity at the Longacre and grosses a modest $344,080.

Some other notable showings among the new productions:

  • Suffs, in previews at the Music Box, grossed $609,384, attendance at 98%. Opening night is April 18;
  • Stereophonic, in previews at the sold-out John Golden, grossed $440,058 for seven performances. Opening April 19;
  • Hell’s Kitchen, in previews at the Shubert, pulled in $937,262 for seven shows, attendance at 96%. Opening April 20;
  • Patriots, filled 82% of seats at the Barrymore for seven previews, grossing $372,999. Opening April 22;
  • The Heart of Rock and Roll at the James Earl Jones grossed $214,590 for seven previews, attendance at 74% of capacity. Opening April 22;
  • Mary Jane, missing two performance due to non-Covid illness, played five shows at the Friedman, grossing $229,136 with attendance at 87% of capacity. Opening April 23;
  • Uncle Vanya, with Steve Carell in his Broadway debut, filled 98% of seats at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont, grossing $995,572. Opening April 24;
  • Mother Play at the Hayes was at 99% of capacity, grossing $538,415. Opening April 25;
  • The Great Gatsby, in previews at the Broadway, grossed $944,477 for seven shows, filling 93% of seats. Opening April 25.

In all, the 36 Broadway shows took in $35,535,214 for the week ending April 14, a dip of about 10% from the previous week. Total attendance was 292,028, down just 4% and still at about 91% of total Broadway capacity.

Season to date, Broadway has grossed $1,360,158,089, with total attendance at 10,811,417.

All figures courtesy of The Broadway League. For complete box office listings, visit the League’s website.

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