’s fall season kicked into gear last week, with no fewer than eight new shows in previews, including three that just began performances. Overall box office, alas, was pretty much stuck in the summer doldrums, with total receipts of $29,320,908 up a measly 1% over the previous week – and that’s with three additional shows running.
Total attendance of 254,824 was up by a barely-worth-noting .4%.
Keep in mind, a hefty percentage of the newcomers were at subscription-heavy (so discount priced) non-profit theaters, keeping receipts low. Also, none of these shows had been reviewed – so raves, pans or anything in between hadn’t yet gotten the word out. That said, only one show attracted some big-spending ticket buyers. More about that Lin-Manuel Miranda
-related exception below.
In order of opening nights, the newcomers are:
The Height of the Storm, opening tomorrow at the Samuel J. Friedman
, the Manhattan Theater Club presentation of the