Sunday, May 26, 2024

Broadway: “Hamilton” Box Office Skyrockets in Week After Brouahaha with Pence, Trump


In the public scuffle between “Hamilton” and Mike Pence/Donald Trump. the winner is clear. The “Hamilton” box office soared to new heights last week, posting $3.26 million in grosses. The week before, “Hamilton” posted $2.45 million. That’s an increase of over $800,000– which is the average total weekly take of all Broadway shows.

This was after Mike Pence attended the show, was booed by the audience and lectured by the cast. This was also after Donald Trump demanded the show apologize to Pence. But the show and actor Brandon Victor Dixon stood their ground, their was no apology, and a ton of publicity.

I can’t remember any show ever having a $3 million week, not “The Lion King,” “Wicked,” or “The Book of Mormon.” (If anyone has the stats, send ’em to This is quite an accomplishment, and a rebuke to the president and vice president elect. Now all the shows will want them to come, and bring their families!

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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