Sunday, May 19, 2024

Broadway: Lea Michele “Funny Girl” Scores Highest Week Yet, Enters Rare 100% Club


Lea Michele has proven to be everything producers hoped for with her arrival at “Funny Girl.”

Last week, the musical revival had its biggest week since its opening in April, and definitely all summer. The turnaround is miraculous.

Even better is that last week “Funny Girl” entered the 100% club — it played at 100% of its capacity or possible sales. Only four shows did that last week including “MJ The Musical,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” The latter is closing at the end of the year, which is spurring ticket sales.

But not even Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man” hit the magic 100 last week. Neither did “Wicked” or “The Lion King,” two perennials. They all hit 99 percent.

So congrats to the producers of “Funny Girl,” who I hope didn’t sell their souls to the Devil or anything that extreme. They suffered through a horrible opening and summer and have survived!

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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