Even with a Covid-shortened efficiency schedule, Lea Michele’s star flip in Funny Girl was critical enterprise final week, with field workplace for the musical revival greater than doubling from the earlier week.
For the week ending September 11 — Michele’s first week as Fanny Brice — Funny Girl grossed $1,639,212, a dramatic upturn from the earlier week’s $659,874 and a big enchancment over even the $1.3 million excessive averages of unique star Beanie Feldstein’s early weeks final spring.
Next week’s grosses report ought to present yet one more aspect to Michele’s field workplace impression: She’s out of the manufacturing this week attributable to a constructive Covid check (final week she performed solely 4 performances, together with her first night time on Tuesday, then the Wednesday matinee and night exhibits, and once more on Friday; Julie Benko performs the function on Thursdays and crammed in for the three weekend exhibits that Michele missed). Deadline hears there have been a big variety of ticket change requests final weekend.
Still, even with Michele’s curtailed efficiency schedule, Funny Girl crammed 96% of its seats for the week, in comparison with the 70-80ish percentages of current weeks.
In truth, Funny Girl was one among few Broadway exhibits that didn’t take an enormous, post-Labor Day Holiday hit final week. Total grosses for the 19 exhibits on the boards totaled $20,638,554, a 19% drop from the earlier tourist-heavy week. The drop in receipts additionally displays a barely slimmer roster: 19 exhibits in contrast with the earlier week’s 21 – and one of many lacking was the mega-bucks earner The Music Man, on a scheduled hiatus whereas star Hugh Jackman makes the movie competition rounds with Florian Zeller’s The Son. (The different now-gone present was Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night.
Producers for The Music Man introduced at the moment that the show will close this January 1 with Jackman’s departure.
Other exhibits that did properly final week have been a few about-to-close productions: Come From Away, which closes October 2, crammed 99% of its seats for a $781,173 take, whereas Dear Evan Hansen, closing September 18, was a sellout, grossing $1,050,167.
Other prime earners within the $1M+ vary have been Aladdin, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, MJ, Moulin Rouge, Six, The Lion King and Wicked. Into the Woods, now with a stellar substitute forged, grossed $1,044,801, a noticeable drop from the earlier week’s $1.8M.
Coming weeks will see vital exercise on the roster: September alone will see previews start for Cost of Living, Leopoldstadt, 1776, Death of a Salesman, The Piano Lesson and Topdog/Underdog, with extra to return later this fall.
Season up to now, Broadway has grossed $449,823,161, with whole attendance of three,501,670 at about 86% of capability.
The 19 productions reporting figures on Broadway final week have been Aladdin, Beetlejuice, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Funny Girl, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into the Woods, The Kite Runner, The Lion King, MJ, Moulin Rouge!, The Phantom of the Opera, Six, A Strange Loop and Wicked.
All figures courtesy of the Broadway League.