Broadway Grosses Analysis: Phantom Is the Main Stem's Hottest—and Most Expensive—Ticket | Playbill

Grosses Broadway Grosses Analysis: Phantom Is the Main Stem's Hottest—and Most Expensive—Ticket

The long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play its final performance next month.

Graphic by Vi Dang

Grosses from last week on Broadway are in, and The Phantom of the Opera is continuing its dominance as the top grosser with $2.7 million. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is due not only to standing-room-only crowds at the Majestic, but also rising ticket prices. The West End import had an average ticket price of $209.94 last week, the highest of any Broadway show, and has had a top ticket price of a staggering $497—also Broadway's highest—since mid-January. Audiences continue to flock to the long-running production to see it one last time before the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical takes its final bow next month.

New productions Sweeney Todd and Parade continued their box-office success last week, with the Sondheim revival ranking fourth overall with a total gross of $1.85 million. Parade only trailed last week with $861,706 following a performance cancellation due to technical issues. The Ben Platt- and Micaela Diamond-led musical is still filling seats at the Bernard B. Jacobs, playing to 94.95% capacity at a respectable average ticket price of $127.10. With members of the press and critics currently being comped to see the show before its March 16 opening night, that likely means that much of its audience is paying well above that average.

RuPaul's Drag Race star Jinkx Monsoon continues to bring audiences to Chicago. Taking in $913,160 last week, the show enjoyed its highest-grossing non-holiday week in the production's entire 26-year history. Audiences clearly are here for drag performances—who's going to tell Tennessee?

With three new productions—Life of PiShucked, and Camelot all began previews last week—Broadway's overall grosses saw a notable uptick, rising nearly $3.5 million. That also meant more individual people going to the theatre, 26,827 of them to be specific. With shows playing to cumulatively 92%-full houses and average ticket price hovering at $124.64, Broadway is continuing to enjoy a healthy spring.

Take a look at the full report here.

The $1 Million Club (shows that earned $1 million or more at the box office):

(13 of 27 currently running productions)

The 90s Club
(shows that played to 90% or higher of their seats filled over the entire week):

  • The Phantom of the Opera (101.66%)
  • Hamilton (101.42%)
  • Chicago (100.32%)
  • Sweeney Todd (100%)
  • Shucked
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Hadestown
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  • The Lion King
  • The Life of Pi
  • Wicked
  • A Doll's House
  • SIX: The Musical
  • Funny Girl
  • MJ The Musical
  • Aladdin
  • Camelot
  • Parade
  • & Juliet

(19 of 27 currently running productions)

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