Broadway Begins 2016 By Breaking Every Record Ever
Mamma Mia might be long gone from Broadway but their tune “Money, Money Money” may be more appropriate than ever before. Broadway is seeing green this week like never before. No, we’re not talking about the green Christmas lights and evergreens adding to that green Broadway street sign. We’re talking about Hamilton (Not the musical!), Jackon, Grant and many, many Benjamins. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Broadway just had its best attended and grossing week ever in its recorded history!
It’s Official. The Broadway League has confirmed that this past week on Broadway ending January 3rd,2016 was the best attended and grossing week ever in Broadway’s history. The final numbers for the week stand at the following;
Total Broadway Attendance: 357, 718
Total Broadway Grosses: $43,065,466
Compared to this same week last year, nearly 60,000 more people saw a Broadway show this past week to create an increase total gross of $7 million dollars. Simply incredible.
Three Broadway shows grossed over $2 million dollars last week each individually. Leading the pack was Wicked raking in nearly $3 million for the week grossing $2,940,096 total. Disney’s The Lion King continued to prove its king status coming in second for the week and not far behind grossing a total of $2,878,505. Last but not least, call it magic but Disney’s Aladdin grossed $2,398,110 for the week making two out of the top three grossing shows last week belonging to the mouse. Not far behind to round out the top five was Lin Manuel’s Hamilton bringing in just under $2 million with $1,959,785 for the week while The Illusionists: Live on Broadway conjured up some last-minute magic grossing $1,801,327 making them the number five show last week.
School of Rock rocked into the New Year by breaking their own house record set just two weeks ago at The Winter Garden Theatre. The show brought in a total gross of $1,671,622. The Illusionists also managed to break the house record at The Neil Simon, previously set by All The Way. Average ticket prices for most shows soared above $100 and most houses played between 80 and 100% capacity.
Luner Lowdown: Wow! The best week in history since Broadway started recording numbers? What a true Christmas gift from the theatre gods! The achievement Broadway made this past week is outstanding. Just 20…25 years ago, Broadway could never have even imagined such numbers or attendance. Part of this steams from the fact that the cost of tickets was much lower but even more so, Broadway was not a safe area. The Theatre District and Midtown has truly cleaned up its act providing a safe community where theatre can flourish and families can introduce their children to the arts at a young age. We’ve come so very far from the dark days of tearing down theaters because parking lots were considered worth more. Let us move forward into 2016 continuing to succeed while making Broadway even more accessible for those you haven’t experienced it, those who want to experience it again and those who simply can’t get enough.
What an incredible way to start 2016 for the Broadway community! Broadway continues to grow and expand as new shows and new stars continue to head to The Great White Way to show their acting chops. I believe 2016 will only show more love for Broadway and provide flourishing numbers both in the seats and in the pockets of those Broadway producers. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) Check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!