Producer Scott Rudin announced today that the new Broadway production of To Kill A Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, has broken its own one-week box office record and is now the highest single-week grossing American play in Broadway history. The now record-breaking gross of $1,701,683.59 was achieved in the second full week of performances (w/e 12/30/18) after the play officially opened to critical acclaim on Thursday, December 13.
Last week, the production broke the Shubert Organization’s box office record for the highest weekly gross of any play on Broadway in the organization’s history. Since performances began on Thursday, November 1, 2018, To Kill A Mockingbird has not played to an empty seat, with capacity being at 100% or greater for every performance. The advance currently stands at more than $22 million.
Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Jeff Daniels. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout (Celia Keenan-Bolger), her brother Jem (Will Pullen), their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia (LaTanya Richardson Jackson), their visiting friend Dill (Gideon Glick), and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley (Danny Wolohan). The other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama are brought to life on stage by Frederick Weller (as Bob Ewell), Gbenga Akinnagbe (playing Tom Robinson), Stark Sands (as prosecutor Horace Gilmer), Dakin Matthews (playing Judge Taylor), and Erin Wilhelmi (as Mayella Ewell).
Tickets for To Kill A Mockingbird are available at the Shubert Theatre box office, by calling Telecharge at 212 239 6200, and on Telecharge.com, with Best Availability beginning in April.
The National Theatre production of Network, produced by David Binder, the National Theatre, Patrick Myles, David Luff, Ros Povey and Lee Menzies, shattered its own box office record at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) for the week ending December 30, 2018. Network’s gross for the week was $1,367,012.84, the highest for any eight-show week at the Belasco Theatre. Network broke the house record set by HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in 2014, the week ending November 25, 2018 with a $1,269,076.00 weekly gross. Starring Bryan Cranston (All The Way, “Breaking Bad”), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal,”Promises, Promises) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” Mary Page Marlowe), Network opened to rave reviews on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
The complete cast for Network also includes Joshua Boone (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Alyssa Bresnahan (War Horse), Ron Canada (“Jack Ryan”), Julian Elijah Martinez (Father Comes Home From The Wars Part 1,2,3), Tony Award winner Frank Wood (Sideman), Nick Wyman (Catch Me If You Can), Barzin Akhavan (All The Way), Jason Babinsky (Billy Elliot), Camila Canó Flaviá (Dance Nation), Eric Chayefsky (“Stalked: Someone’s Watching”), Gina Daniels (All The Way), Nicholas Guest (“Madam Secretary”), Joe Paulik (Love and Money), Susannah Perkins (The Wolves), Victoria Sendra (Broadway Debut), Henry Stram (Junk), Bill Timoney (All The Way), Joseph Varca (Pentecost and Monster), Nicole Villamil (Queens) and Jeena Yi (Somebody’s Daughter).
Network is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge, The Damned), adapted by Tony and Olivier Award winner Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and based on the Academy Award-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky.
Network features scenic and lighting design by three-time Tony and Olivier nominee Jan Versweyveld (A View From the Bridge, The Damned). For over 30 years, Versweyveld has collaborated with Ivo van Hove on all of his theatre and opera productions around the world.
The production also features video design by Tal Yarden (Lazarus), costume design by An D’Huys (A View From The Bridge) and music and sound by Olivier Award nominee Eric Sleichim (The Damned).
In Lee Hall’s adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy Award-winning film, anchorman Howard Beale (Cranston) unravels live on-screen. But when the ratings soar, the network seizes on its newfound prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Bryan Cranston won the 2018 Olivier Award for his tour-de-force performance. Tony and Olivier winner Ivo van Hove directs this unique, immersive multimedia spectacle.
Tickets are available at www.Telecharge.com (212-239-6200) or at the Belasco Theatre box office (111 W 44th Street) and range from $49.00 – $189.00 (including the $2 facility fee). Onstage Foodwork tickets are available from $299. Ticket price includes a series of small plates and cocktails.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also set all-time weekly ticket sale high. Potter, the two-part play that premiered in London, took in $2,525,850 at the 1,622-seat Lyric Theatre for the week ending Dec. 30.
Disney’s trio of productions – the musicals Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King – broke house records with, respectively, $2,584,549, $2,624,495 and $3,696,974.
Also breaking its own house record, Mean Girls, at the August Wilson, took in $1,994,386.
And The Illusionists – Magic Of The Holidays became what its producers say is the best-selling magic show in Broadway history with a weekly box office at the Marquis Theatre of $2,978,348.