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Broadway Grosses: Bette Midler Pulls in Crowds for Her Broadway Return in I'll Eat You Last

Broadway Grosses: Bette Midler Pulls in Crowds for Her Broadway Return in I'll Eat You Last
Better Midler as Sue Mengers
Photo by Ellen von Unwerth
Audiences are eager to catch Bette Midler's Broadway return.

The spring Broadway season is in full swing as the last remaining new shows are now all in previews (with the exception of the upcoming Rascals concert engagement Once Upon a Dream). Bette Midler and Alan Cumming join fellow solo-show stars Holland Taylor and Fiona Shaw as their respective plays I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and Macbeth began their runs. Both shows played to healthy crowds with I'll Eat You Last filling the Booth Theatre to 99.96% capacity for its first weekend of shows. The dynamic duo of Jekyll & Hyde are stirring up trouble on Broadway again as the Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox-led revival of the musical also began previews.

Here's a look at who was on top and who was not for the week ending April 7:

FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
1. Wicked ($2,257,034)
2. The Lion King ($2,081,319)*
3. The Book of Mormon ($1,705,678)
4. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark ($1,409,174)
5. The Phantom of the Opera ($1,368,904)

UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
5. Hands on a Hardbody ($240,040)
4. The Big Knife ($223,376)*
3. The Testament of Mary ($196,495)**
2. The Assembled Parties ($156,671)**
1. Macbeth ($92,285)***

FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
1. Motown (103.57%)***
2. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
3. Lucky Guy (101.60%)
4. Newsies (100.53%)
5. The Lion King (100.00%) 
    (tie) Matilda (100.00%)**

UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
5. The Big Knife (73.11%)*
4. Hands on a Hardbody (58.70%)
3. Jekyll & Hyde (56.77%)****
2. Breakfast at Tiffany's (52.50%)
1. Ann (49.39%)

*Number based on eight preview performances.
**Number based on seven preview performances.
***Number based on one preview performance.
****Number based on five preview performances.
Data provided by the Broadway League

 

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