Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Sees Significant Drop-Off in Box Office After Neil Patrick Harris’ Departure

hedwig-neil-patrick-harris

Neil Patrick Harris can officially consider himself one of Broadway’s biggest draws after finishing his run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Harris concluded his run in the show on August 17, which resulted in the show’s highest weekly gross — $1,139,903, with a paid admission average of $158.83, another weekly record for the production. The production grossed over one million dollars in each of the final eleven weeks of Harris’ twenty-week run. The prior nine weeks were also major successes, with only two weeks grossing less than $800,000 and the average ticket price never dropping below $100 (all figures are from The Broadway League).

Since Hedwig recouped its initial $5 million investment in early July (source), it was an easy decision for producers to try to keep the production going after Harris’ departure. However, last week’s box office figures, which marked the debut of The Book of Mormon and Girls star Andrew Rannells as Hedwig, saw a steep decline. Last week’s seven performances of Hedwig starring Rannells grossed $648,738, a drop of 43% in gross from Harris’ last week. At 87.6% capacity, it also was the first week that Hedwig didn’t sell out at above 100% capacity since the second week of previews. The average ticket price remained above $100 ($105.06), but the average ticket price dropped by one-third from the week prior.

Obviously producers didn’t expect Rannells to have the same drawing power as Harris when they decided to cast him in the role, but producers are hoping that the production remains popular (and more important, profitable) through Hedwig‘s set closing date, which is October 12. Since the show has already turned a profit the production isn’t in danger of closing early unless grosses drop below the weekly operating costs —  which are certainly much lower than $648,000 a week.

1 Comment

  1. Carly Jenkins

    August 26, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    The show isn’t closing on October 12th. That’s when Rannells is leaving. The show is open-ended at the moment.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Charlie-Cox-Vincent-DOnofrio-Daredevil.jpg
‘Daredevil’ Stars Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio on Working Together in the Marvel Universe
"I think it was finding how to portray Fisk in an emotional way, as well as a menacing way." - Vincent D'Onofrio on Playing the Kingpin in 'Daredevil'
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/scott-eastwood-the-longest-ride.jpg
Scott Eastwood on His Rise to Fame: “The only thing I can say is that I’ve been doing this for 12 years”
"As quick as somebody can be 'the guy' in Hollywood, he can be gone the next minute. For me, it's about doing great work" - Scott Eastwood
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/steve-coogan-happyish.jpg
Steve Coogan on Filling Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Shoes and Becoming ‘Happyish’
"This is kind of like a vacation for me. All I have to do is concentrate on the character and capture the voice.” - Steve Coogan on Happyish
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/jon-cryer-two-and-a-half-men.jpg
Jon Cryer on Why He’s Only Cast in Comedic Roles: “I’ve always felt I was kind of a ridiculous human being”
"When I get super dramatic, the urge to giggle nearly overtakes me. It’s the reason I think I haven’t been cast in science fiction" - Jon Cryer
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Jason-Momoa-The-Red-Road.jpg
Jason Momoa on ‘The Red Road’, Aquaman and Diversity
"I’d rather play characters than play someone who’s close to myself" - Jason Momoa