Broadway Grosses: Eclipsed & Bright Star Kick Spring Season Into High Gear

first_imgAkosua Busia and Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Eclipsed'(Photo: Joan Marcus) The spring season is underway as more and more new plays and musicals light up the Theater District. Eclipsed, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, began performances at the John Golden Theatre on February 23 and played its first week of previews at 97.27% capacity. The Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical Bright Star kicked off at the Cort Theatre on February 25 and played four performances at 77.24%. While both shows reached a modest gross potential, it’s possible further preview performances and buzz will bring those numbers up higher. Meanwhile, the top five spots on the board were dominated by the usual suspects: Hamilton, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Wicked and Aladdin.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 28:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,755,010)2. The Lion King ($1,469,120)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,300,231)4. Wicked ($1,295,960)5. Aladdin ($1,151,986)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. She Loves Me ($337,093)*4. Hughie ($280,732)****3. Disaster! ($261,661)*2. Bright Star ($206,573)***1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($179,194)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Hamilton (101.78%)2. The Book of Mormon (101.69%)3. The Lion King (99.76%)4. Eclipsed (97.27%)**5. Noises Off (96.06%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Jersey Boys (55.11%)4. Disaster! (54.20%)*3. The Phantom of the Opera (50.99%)2. Chicago (50.78%)1. Finding Neverland (50.51%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven preview performances*** Number based on four preview performances****Number based on three preview performances and five regular performancesSource: The Broadway League Lupita Nyong’o View Comments Star Fileslast_img

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