GM and A strange loop saw Tony Awards glory translate to box office increases in the week following the June 12 ceremony, with GM jumping $216,921 from the previous week’s hold to a whopping $1,660,978. A strange loop grossed $845,313 for the week ending June 19, a jump of $168,998 from the previous week.
Both shows were sold out virtual, with over 99% of the seats taken within a week of their Tony wins (among their wins, A strange loop was named Best Musical and GMMyles Frost was nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role/Musical. Both productions gave impressive performances during Tony’s broadcast, with Frost and strange loopJaquel Spivey makes her television debut on the network.)
Another big winner of the week: The musical Six, who brought Tonys home for the original score and costumes and, just as important if not more, delivered a rousing performance at the ceremony. For its seven performances, the musical grossed $1,171,935, filling 99.5% of available seats.
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Other Tony winners have seen less notable financial gains, with Company, named Best Musical Revival, issued a closing notice on July 31 tonight after selling out just 77% of available seats in the week following the awards show. The musical, starring Katrina Lenk and Tony winners Patti LuPone and Matt Doyle, grossed $727,178 for the week, an improvement of $86,881 from the previous week.
place of paradise saw a notable jump, up from $124,523 to $387,670, with every penny almost certainly attributable to Tony’s win — and the stunning performance of the anthem “Let It Burn” — for Best Actress/ musical Joaquina Kalukango. Still, the musical, which didn’t impress most critics too much, only filled 64% of its available seats in the post-Tony week.
Overall Broadway box office for the week ending June 19 totaled $29,523,307, down about 7% from the previous week, a drop at least partly due to two shows less on the list – 29 productions compared to 31 the previous week (How I learned to drive and take me out had closed the previous week).
Hugh Jackman’s absence (due to a positive Covid test) from The music man: The wildly popular musical revival dropped $1,631,334, grossing $1,780,050 and only 71% filling its usually sold out house. Still, the revival hit a solid high over the week, with gross ticket sales surpassing $100 million for the engagement so far.
funny girl, another recent production hit by Covid, grossed $1,131,490, rebounding $14,795 as star Beanie Feldstein returned for a partial week of performances while announcing her departure in late September.
In their final weeks of performances, hanged grossed $358,976, while North country girl took $342,228.
Season-to-date, Broadway has grossed $124,014,910, with total attendance of 961,115 at about 83% capacity.
The 29 productions grossing numbers on Broadway last week were Aladdin, American Buffalo, Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, Funny Girl, Girl From the North Country, Hadestown, Hamilton, Hangmen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, Macbeth, MJ, The Minutes, Moulin Rouge!, Mr. Saturday Night, The Music Man, Paradise Square, The Phantom of the Opera, Plaza Suite, POTUS, Six, A Strange Loop, Tina and Nasty.
All figures courtesy of The Broadway League.