Wicked, Lion King Dominate Broadway’s President’s Day

Wicked, Lion King Dominate Broadway’s President’s Day

President’s Day was a boon to the Great White Way as several Broadway shows saw an increase in gate receipts.

Five musicals, including juggernauts Wicked and The Lion King, topped the million dollar mark. Joining them in seven-digit land are Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and West Side Story.

Wicked was wickedly good at selling ducats, the prequel to Wizard of the Oz summited the $1.6 million plateau.

The quintet that rules Broadway’s box office are quite well-known. However, the bottom five are somewhat of a mystery. Therefore, Land of Punt decided to take a quick look at Broadway’s five stragglers.

  • LoopedValerie Harper stars as actress Tallulah Bankhead. It’s 1965 and this washed up, drunk must re-record or loop one line of dialogue.
  • Next Fall – This play, written by Geoffrey Nauffs, looks at modern romance through a gay relationship that spans five years. It stars a bunch of actors you would recognize but couldn’t name.
  • The Miracle Worker – Set in the 1880’s, the drama features Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan as Alison Pill. Also appearing in this Kate Whoriskey directed play are Matthew Modine and Jennifer Morrison.
  • Present LaughterVictor Garber is Garry Essendine in this Noel Coward revival directed by Nicholas Martin. This “high comedy” is supposedly semiautobiographical. It’s a great time for one-liner enthusiasts and fans of ridiculous situations.
  • Time Stands Still Check this cast out: Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Eric Bogosian, and Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek). This play is about two war correspondents who are forced to deal with issues after suffering injuries on the front line.

Figures for the week ending February 21st, 2010:

LEADERS (By Gross)
1. Wicked ($1,602,783)
2. The Lion King ($1,454,918)
3. Billy Elliot ($1,190,501)
4. Jersey Boys ($1,145,918)
5. West Side Story ($1,087,016)

LOSERS (By Gross)
1. Looped ($122,265)***
2. Next Fall ($102,609)**
3. The Miracle Worker ($256,258)*
4. Present Laughter ($296,348)
5. Time Stands Still ($329,808)

LEADERS (By Capacity)
1. A View From the Bridge (101.52%)
2. Jersey Boys (100.42%)
3. Wicked (100%)
4. The Lion King (99.68%)
5. Time Stands Still (98.58%)

LOSERS (By Capacity)
1. Looped (59.77%)***
2. God of Carnage (68.46%)
3. Race (70.42%)
4. Next Fall (78.07%)**
5. South Pacific (80.46%)

Numbers courtesy of the Broadway League
* Number based on eight preview performances.
**Number based on seven preview performances.
***Number based on four preview performances.

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