Monday, June 17, 2024

Broadway: “The Cher Show” is a Smash Out of the Box in Previews; “Head Over Heels” Is Still (Mysteriously) Playing


The Broadway box office brings good news, bad news, and just plain news.

“The Cher Show” is a smash hit out of the box. In its first full week of previews, Cher brought in over $1 million. It played to 95% capacity audiences every night. Cher is golden, and ticket sales should just keep increasing. I hope Ms. Bono Allman has a nice piece of the action. “The Cher Show” is going to be like printing money.

Meanwhile, the Go-Go’s show “Head Over Heels” is still playing. Last week they improved their numbers ever so slightly to $233,000. (Wasn’t that what Bette Midler got in weekly perks?) Anyway, at 45% capacity “Head Over Heels” is playing to a room less than half full every night. What is the purpose of this exercise in futility?

Scott Rudin’s not having a good time with “The Waverly Gallery.” The show is playing at 86% and is now being featured at all the discount brokers. Hey folks– go see this play NOW. You don’t want to miss Elaine May. She’s going to be a Tony nominee next spring, I hope, along with Janet McTeer in the just-ended “Berhardt/Hamlet.”

And what about “King Kong”? Terrible reviews didn’t dissuade ticket buyers. Receipts doubled after the show opened. Forget the songs– go see Kong. He’s a giant entertainment. And Christiani Pitts is a hot newcomer!


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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