Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Winter Is Here: Broadway Shows Face January Chill with Big Drops for Long Running Shows Like “Lion King,” “Mormon,” “Wicked”


Winter, as they say on Game of Thrones, is here.

On Broadway the January chill has set in after three weeks of big holiday box office.

Already, many long running show are facing steep drops. I’m surprised that “The Lion King” is showing real signs of wear and tear in that regard. Last week’s $1.6 million take is their third drop in a row. They’re running around $200,000 a week less than they did at this time last year.

“Wicked,” another mainstay, is down $2 million since the end of the year. “The Book of Mormon” has fallen over $500,000 in that time. So did “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which just had its lowest weekly gross since April 2019. Many other shows, even “Hamilton,” saw steep declines as the holiday ended and the tourists returned to their home planets.

Only two shows are really booming right now: David Byrne’s “American Utopia” and LinManuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme.” They’re perfect ways to warm up on a cold January night.


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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