The Tony Awards gave the Broadway box offices something to talk about last week. Huge jumps came for Best Actor Bryan Cranston in “All the Way,” Best Musical “Gentleman’s Guide,” and the long running “Jersey Boys.”
Apparently the combo of Clint Eastwood making his first ever Tony Awards appearance plus the screening on Monday night of his film of “Jersey Boys” did the trick. The musical increased ticket sales by 12% over the previous week, up $105k. Not bad!
Cranston’s play, which closes soon, also went wild. They were up by $289K over the prior week, a 13.6% jump. If only Cranston would stick around. But “All the Way” will end its run on a high note.
Best Musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” went up $117K week to week. Everyone has to see this clever clever show.
Most of the new shows did well even if they didn’t win Tonys. “Rocky,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” and “Beautiful” all had nice improvements. But “Cabaret” and “If/Then” actually went downwards. The latter is starting to experience fall off. Idina Menzel’s Tony performance didn’t sell any tickets.
Of the older shows, it does seem like “Once” and “Rock of Ages”– the latter, especially– are struggling.