Broadway shows pull in crowds over Thanksgiving

Javier Munoz, left, and Christopher Jackson in Hamilton, at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York.
Javier Munoz, left, and Christopher Jackson in Hamilton, at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York.PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK (NYTimes) - Broadway had a feast over Thanksgiving week.

With many tourists in the city, schools on break and star power lifting the tide, audiences turned out en masse.

Hamilton grossed a whopping US$3.4 million (S$4.6 million) in a regular eight-performance week, breaking its own record set this January.

With the show sold out non-stop, the average ticket price hit US$321.13, reflecting a premium pricing model that producers have started to employ across the industry.

Hello, Dolly! once again set a high at the Shubert Theatre, bringing in US$2.4 million. Bette Midler continues to be a huge draw and is expected to gather huge totals until she is replaced by Bernadette Peters in January.

Springsteen On Broadway, an intimate one-man show with Bruce Springsteen, grossed US$2.4 million.

But other shows proved that star power is not the only factor in driving ticket sales.

Despite losing Tony-winning lead Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen once again broke the house record at the Music Box Theatre, grossing US$1.9 million.