Box Office: ‘Big Fish’ Jumps; ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ Looms
Broadway ticket sales rose 15 percent last week over the week earlier, fueled by an influx of tourists during the long Columbus Day weekend.
Critics gave the musical the thumbs-up, raising the likelihood that composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown will have two shows on Broadway this season. (The other is “The Bridges of Madison County,” which starts previews in January.)
Broadway shows sold $24.6 million of tickets in the week ending on Sunday, according to the trade association the Broadway League. Only “The Trip to Bountiful” declined, as it played three performances instead of the customary eight in ending its nearly six-month run.
The new musical “Big Fish” jumped 33 percent to $856,000, despite illness that had the star, Norbert Leo Butz, missing two performances. “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” bounced 46 percent to $957,000. A well-reviewed revival of “The Glass Menagerie” had its best week to date, up 13 percent to $724,000.
“Soul Doctor” closed as it opened, quietly. The musical about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach grossed $128,000, up 14 percent. The average ticket was $30.52. It ran 66 performances.
“The Book of Mormon” grossed $1.8 million. Its $210.76 average ticket was its second-highest on record.
In Millburn, New Jersey, “Honeymoon in Vegas” “is selling extremely well,” said Shayne Miller, a spokesman for the Paper Mill.
Roy Gabay, the lead producer with Dena Hammerstein on a commercial transfer, didn’t return a call or e-mail.
Brown said in an e-mail: “With these incredible reviews and the unbelievable audience response to this show, it seems inevitable that we’ll be coming to Broadway soon.”
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