‘Hamilton’ Leads a Strong Week on Broadway



Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” set a record for itself last week, grossing $3,797,844. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Broadway just ended its second strongest week of the year, with a traditionally robust holiday period coming hot on its heels.

According to figures released by the Broadway League on Wednesday, the 32 plays and musicals currently running brought in $35,796,213 between Dec. 18 and Dec. 24. This is almost $5 million more than last year, despite a slight decrease in attendance.

“Hamilton,” the perpetual theatrical juggernaut, had a particularly successful week, setting a record for itself with a gross of $3,797,844 for eight performances. The previous record for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about the American founding father Alexander Hamilton was set during Thanksgiving week when it made $3,453,772.


Last week the average paid admission for “Springsteen on Broadway” was $508.69. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Hamilton’s financial success is surely related to its ticket prices. Its average paid admission was $353.06, second only to “Springsteen on Broadway,” for which the average was $508.69. Last week 22 of the 32 shows had an average ticket price of more than $100. The Broadway League’s numbers reflect only the price charged by the box office. Many people paid more for tickets sold by resellers.

Bruce Springsteen’s solo show of songs and stories had its strongest week of the year so far, bringing in $2,411,185 with only five shows. This eclipses its earlier record by over $9,500. With two extensions under its belt, and a current scheduled close date of June 30, 2018, it is poised to continue its current trajectory.

Several shows geared toward tourists and families also did well. “The Lion King” and “Wicked” both broke the $2 million dollar mark last week, as did “Hello, Dolly!,” a consistent favorite.

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