Broadway’s Boffo Returns. Robert Massimi.

 Robert M Massimi.
The Theater has been so good and plentiful in the last three years that it is scary.  You could go once a week to Broadway and off Broadway and still not see everything good. From the East Village , to the West Village to mid town, there are so many different things too see for everyone that the box office numbers are staggering.
I recommend many shows on and  off Broadway.

Broadway Box Office Breaks Records in Most Recent Week

Hits new sales high of $50.3 million for week, as individual productions also break records

“The Lion King” on Broadway reported an all-time sales high for the most recent week.
“The Lion King” on Broadway reported an all-time sales high for the most recent week. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

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    It was a week of breaking records on Broadway.

    Several shows, from “Hamilton” to two-decade-old hits such as “The Lion King” and “Chicago,” reported all-time sales highs for the seven-day period that ended Sunday, according to the Broadway League, the trade group that tracks the industry. Broadway itself also set a new weekly sales high of $50.3 million, beating the previous record of $49.7 million, set about a year ago.

    The strong sales didn’t come as a complete surprise, since the holidays traditionally bring out the crowds. Additionally, Broadway has been reporting robust weekly numbers throughout this season, with cumulative sales up by 18% at the midpoint in November.

    Still, the $50.3 million figure was an impressive benchmark, especially given that some of the season’s most high-profile shows, such as the Broadwayadaptation of the Disney movie musical “Frozen,” have yet to open.

    Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin credits the sales surge to the fact that Broadway audiences have plenty of choices these days, from the family-friendly to the serious-minded.

    “It’s the diversity of what’s there,” she said.

    “Hamilton” led the pack with weekly sales of $3,854,874. That was also the all-time weekly high in Broadway history, topping the $3,797,844 mark set by the musical earlier in December.

    The sales records weren’t confined to Broadway.

    The off-Broadway production of “Jersey Boys” took in $520,138 for the week. That was a record at New World Stages, which houses the musical.

    Write to Charles Passy at cpassy@wsj.com

    Appeared in the January 3, 2018, print edition as ‘Box Office Sees New Sales Highs Top-Selling Shows.’

    Author: nobullwithragingrobert

    Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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