Broadway cheer for Xmas as 18 shows break US$1 mil.


NEW YORK–Fans of Broadway gave theater producers reasons to smile this Christmas, with 18 of the current 37 shows breaking the US$1 million mark for the week, led by “Hamilton,” the new Andrew Lloyd Webber production “School of Rock — The Musical” and Disney’s “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.”

The Broadway League said Monday that the shows on the Great White Way pulled in US$36,271,797 for the very mild weather week ending Sunday, much better than the previous week’s US$29,484,797 but more than US$4 million less — and with 19,000 fewer people attending overall — than the same week last year, when 36 shows attracted US$40,993,950 and 318,721 ticket buyers.

“Aladdin” grossed US$2,095,363 for eight performances, a new house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre. That haul surpassed even its nine-performance record of US$2,078,163 set this summer.

“The Lion King” broke the eight-performance-week house record at the Minskoff Theatre with US$2,587,925. (The touring version of the show, currently in Chicago, set the Cadillac Palace house record with a gross of US$1,810,167.)

“School of Rock – The Musical” pulled in US$1,506,236 for the week, setting a new house record for an eight-show week at the Winter Garden Theatre, beating the old record there held by “Mamma Mia!” set in 2009.