Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Bette Midler’s Week Off from “Hello, Dolly!” Caused Box Office Plunge Below $1 Million


“Hello, Dolly!” is going to have a lot of trouble once Bette Midler leaves for good.

She took last week off and the box office plunged. Not just dropped, but plunged. The take for last week was just $879,369.10. The prior week, with Bette, was $2.3 million.

The drop was $1.48 million.

When I went by the box office last week I was offered seats all over the theater at prices from $99-$169. Bette’s top ticket was $206. I just can’t bring myself to pay that much. I couldn’t even stomach paying the lower price.

So I went to see Elizabeth McGovern in “Time and the Conways.” The ticket cost $79. Totally worth it, and the house was a quarter empty. I was able to move up a little in the orchestra. JB Priestley’s play is as contemporary as ever. The production is top notch. McGovern and the cast are excellent. Try and see it before the “Conways” closes.


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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