Saturday, June 15, 2024

Broadway: Bruce Springsteen One Man Show Drops by $407,000– Even with Crazy Prices


UPDATE: I’m told the show took a hit on comps for press and opening night (celebs don’t pay, you know).  That’s the end of freebies for now unless Springsteen wants to hand over one whole night to Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics etc…


The second full week of “Springsteen on Broadway” brought a box office surprise.

Even with crazy secondary market prices– thousands of dollars on Stubhub, for example– the show took a big hit in the pocket book/

Second week grosses fell by a whopping $407,000– from $2.3 million to $1.9 million. The average ticket price– official sales prices not secondary market– fell from $496 to $400. Whoops!

Bruce is getting rave reviews, and the show is terrific. But maybe fans are starting to resent the high prices. Last week’s till took in Thursday’s reviews, too, which means the accolades didn’t have a significant effect on sales.


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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