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Funny Girl enjoyed the highest-grossing week of its run even as star Lea Michele was sidelined.

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No "turkeys" on Broadway last week as Thanksgiving week delivered the highest grosses of 2022 across all 33 currently running productions: $37,475,773. The sum is the largest cumulative gross from the Main Stem since the week ending January 5, 2020, a pre-pandemic holiday week that brought in $43 million.

One of this week's big winners was Funny Girl, which has continued to see receipts soar with Glee star Lea Michele leading the company—except the revival turned in its highest-performing week of its run even as Michele was sidelined for two performances (standby Julie Benko, who has proved a fan favorite, took the stage in her absence). The musical brought in $1,885,103.60 with an average ticket price of $209.46—the third-highest average ticket of the week—and played to 92.29%-full houses.

And, it turns out The Phantom of the Opera's decision to postpone closing night on Broadway may be a lucrative one; the production blew even its recent success out of the water last week, bringing in $2.24 million. The sum is the highest gross in the production's entire almost-35-year run, beating a 2017 production record of $2.15 million.

MJ also continues its success at the Neil Simon Theatre, where the jukebox biomusical broke the house record for the ninth time with a total of $1,958,177, putting the show "dangerous"ly close to joining the $2 million club.

The Music Man remained in the No. 1 spot, bringing in $2.87 million—to say nothing of the six-figure Broadway Cares donation the production generated via a certain audience A-lister—with The Lion KingHamiltonWicked, and The Phantom of the Opera filling out the rest of the top five.

Take a look at the full report here.

The $1 Million Club (shows that earned $1 million or more at the box office):

  • The Music Man
  • The Lion King
  • Hamilton
  • Wicked
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • MJ The Musical
  • Funny Girl
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Aladdin
  • Beetlejuice
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  • SIX: The Musical
  • The Book of Mormon
  • & Juliet
  • Into the Woods
  • Leopoldstadt

(16 of 33 currently running productions)


The 90s Club
(shows that played to 90% or higher of their seats filled over the entire week):

  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • MJ The Musical
  • SIX: The Musical
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  • & Juliet
  • Wicked
  • Hamilton
  • Hadestown
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Aladdin
  • The Lion King
  • Funny Girl
  • Chicago
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

(14 of 33 currently running productions)

 
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