Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Broadway: Hugely Panned Go-Go’s Musical “Head Over Heels” Drops 14% at Box Office After Opening


No one said Broadway was easy. I really thought the Go Go’s musical “Head Over Heels” would close on opening night. It has all the earmarks of “Springtime for Hitler.” Critics tried to like it because was gender fluid, but in reality it leaks all over the place.

Turns out the reviewers didn’t help. After the opening, the show dropped 14.71%. Receipts from the prior week fell by over $23,000.  The total the show can make at the Hudson Theater is $883,552. The week after it opened “Head Over Heels” grossed just $297,420. The closing notice should be coming soon, if not today.

Just about every show took a massive hit last week as summer ebbs, school starts in a lot of places, tourists return to their planets. “The Lion King” dropped by over $300,000! “Wicked” came close to that. “Hello, Dolly!” dropped by almost $20,000. “My Fair Lady” fell by a whopping $75,000. The Donna Summer show, which I can’t believe is still playing, dropped by $118K!

Broadway will go through a summer downturn now until Labor Day. Bruce Springsteen is yachting with David Geffen off Capri, so his usual $2.4 million weekly take is missing. But the new fall shows are just around the corner. And everyone is counting on “Pretty Woman” to come through!

Roger Friedman
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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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