Broadway Newcomers ‘An Enemy Of The People’, ‘The Who’s Tommy’ & ‘The Notebook’ Sell Out

A slate of Broadway newcomers drew strong audience figures last week, with several – An Enemy of the People, The Notebook and The Who’s Tommy filling every seat and then some.

Of the recent late-winter/early-spring arrivals, An Enemy of the People, the Ibsen revival starring Jeremy Strong, Michael Imperioli and Victoria Pedretti, was the top earner, grossing $1,109,137 and selling out Circle in the Square. Opening night is March 18.

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Also at standing room only for the week ending March 10 was The Notebook, the musical adaptation of the bestselling book and hit movie. The production at the Schoenfeld grossed $769,387; opening night is March 14.

All seats were filled at the Nederlander as The Who’s Tommy began previews; the first two performances in the run took in $345,129. Opening night is March 28.

Water For Elephants played seven previews at the Imperial, grossing $723,077 and filling 93% of seats. Opening night is March 21.

The week’s sole opener was Doubt: A Parable, the well-reviewed revival of the John Patrick Shanley play starring Amy Ryan and Liev Schreiber. The production took in $465,133, with attendance at 92% of capacity.

Sweeney Todd, which will close May 5, took in a healthy $1,312,391, the revival’s best number in recent weeks. With Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster in the lead roles, the production at the Lunt-Fontanne filled 95% of seats.

Hadestown continued its recent upsurge, filling the Walter Kerr and grossing $1,107,953.

Top earner of the week was Wicked, grossing $1,836,268.

In all, the 24 Broadway productions took in $24,545,774 for the week ending March 10, a jump of about 5% over the previous week but still about 14% lower than last year at this time. Attendance of 204,915 was at 91% of total capacity, a boost of 3% over the previous week but down 11% from last season.

Season to date, Broadway has grossed $1,191,502,256, with total attendance at 9,492,511.

All figures courtesy of The Broadway League. For complete box office listings, visit the League’s website.

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