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NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway producers had loads of causes to pop the bubbly as 2018 wound down, with many reveals recording their most worthwhile weeks regardless of some eye-popping ticket costs.
Eight reveals final week earned greater than $2 million for the week ending Dec. 30, led by “Hamilton,” ”The Lion King” and “Depraved,” in line with the Broadway League, a nationwide commerce affiliation for the business. “Hamilton” crossed the $four million mark for the week, with a median ticket costing $375.39.
The 12 months ended with the most effective attended and highest grossing week on report. Grosses soared to $57.eight million for the week, attracting 378,910 patrons. By the use of comparability, the 12 months 2017 ended with grosses at $35.eight million and 244,973 patrons.
New weekly highs had been reached by reveals together with “Imply Ladies,” which earned $1.9 million over eight reveals, and “The Ferryman,” which pulled in simply over $1 million over eight performances. Even the musical “Chicago” received into the act on the mature age of 22, incomes $1.2 million.
There was dueling hype for 2 play properties: The 2-part “Harry Potter and the Cursed Baby” set a brand new Broadway report for weekly ticket gross sales for a play, reporting a gross of over $2.5 million for eight reveals. However not far-off, “To Kill a Mockingbird” introduced in $1.7 million over eight reveals, making it the best single-week grossing American play in Broadway historical past.
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“King Kong” might have been dismissed by critics however the monster ape musical received to boast that Sunday’s matinee grossed $243,090 — the best-selling single efficiency within the historical past of the Broadway Theatre.
Those that boasted surpassing the $2 million mark included all three Disney choices: “Aladdin” broke the New Amsterdam Theatre report by attracting $2.6 million on 9 performances, “Frozen” set a brand new report on the St. James Theatre with $2.Three million over eight reveals, and “The Lion King” shattered the Minskoff Theatre report with $3.7 million over 9 reveals.
Some reveals labored very arduous for his or her information. Magic present “The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays” set a brand new all-time weekly field workplace report on the Marquis Theatre of $2.9 million however needed to do it with 16 performances.
The time round Christmas and New Yr’s is normally Broadway’s increase time, however this vacation season was notably flush, pushed by premium pricing, comparatively heat climate and a number of other reveals going from eight performances per week to 9.
Not each present was downing Champagne. The reunion of “American Idol” alums Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken for a Christmas live performance attracted a mere $163,429 over 9 reveals, simply 11 p.c of its potential gross. The theater was 27 p.c full for the week.
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The Related Press contributed to this report.
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