Saturday, April 20, 2024

Tony Awards Give Biggest Box Office Leaps to Bryan Cranston as LBJ, “Jersey Boys,” Gentleman’s Guide


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.




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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