Numbers were down for many Broadway shows during the first full week of performances of 2012. The Great White Way said farewell to Lysistrata Jones, as well as the Tony-winning musical Billy Elliot, which pulled in a strong $1.1 million during it's final week. Two newcomers, however, made their way to Broadway as the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Wit began previews, and Darren Criss joined the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Glee fans packed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to 99.88% capacity, with the musical taking in over $1.3 million. Talk about knowing How to Succeed indeed!
Here's a look at who was on top and who was not for the week ending January 8:
FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
1. The Lion King ($1,872,430)
2. Wicked ($1,850,216)
3. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark ($1,721,734)
4. The Book of Mormon ($1,428,663)
5. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ($1,386,065)
UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
5. Lysistrata Jones ($254,776)
4. Stick Fly ($251, 712)
3. Chinglish ($197,148)
2. The Road to Mecca ($154,359)
1. Wit ($121,813)**
FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
2. War Horse (100.0%)
3. Billy Elliot (99.98%)
4. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (99.83%)
5. Rock of Ages (98.71%)
UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
5. Sister Act (67.35%)
4. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (67.06%)
3. Stick Fly (61.72%)
2. The Road to Mecca (55.38%)*
1. Chinglish (34.12%)
*Number based on eight preview performances.
**Number based on five preview performances.
Data Provided by the Broadway League.