Dear Evan Hansen won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, but where does it rank in Broadway ticket sales? We’re taking a look behind the curtain to see which Tony winners are most popular with fans, and which shows might be primed for a post-Tony Awards surge.
Dear Evan Hansen Takes Home Six Tony Wins
Not content with just the Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen also took home Tony Awards for Leading Actor (Ben Platt) and Featured Actress (Rachel Bay Jones). The music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul also took home Best Original Score. The production, which made its Broadway debut in December 2016, took home six Tony Awards as the night’s big winner.
On the ticket side, we think this makes it ready for a big jump in the box office standings. It’s been around or barely outside the top 10 best-selling Broadway musicals for most of 2017. Playing at the Music Box Theatre with a capacity of just over 1,000 theatergoers, Dear Evan Hansen’s big wins give it the opportunity to make a run at Broadway powerhouses like School of Rock, Miss Saigon and Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly! Wins 4 Tony Awards
Revived in 2017, Hello, Dolly! won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Leading Actress. If you were on social media at all during or after the awards, you probably heard about Bette Midler’s “stem-winding” acceptance speech that went on so long they started playing the music to get her to stop, which of course prompted her to keep going.
Hello, Dolly! ranks 10th in this week’s sales charts, having been as high as fourth only a month ago. With its big wins at the Tonys, look for it to make a push to return to the top five over the coming weeks.
Looking at the rest of the night’s big winners, A Doll’s House, Part 2, could make a move up the sales charts after Laurie Metcalf won Best Leading Actress in a play for her role as Nora. This is her first Tony Award (she has three Emmy Awards from her television career). Cynthia Nixon, who is also famous from television roles, won a 2017 Tony for Best Featured Actress in The Little Foxes. This is Nixon’s second Tony, she won the same award in 2006 for her role in Rabbit Hole.
The Great Comet has been a mainstay in the Broadway Top 10 all year, and it took home the Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design.
Weekly Top 5 Best-Sellers
There was more movement than usual in our look at the Broadway top five last week. Wicked remained comfortable in the number one spot, but Aladdin and The Lion King swapped spots with Aladdin jumping to second and Lion King taking third.
The Phantom of the Opera made its return to the top five, taking the fourth spot. It peaked at number three two weeks ago, but has struggled to eclipse Wicked and the two Disney stalwarts. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took fifth.
Here is the full Broadway Top 10:
- The Lion King
- The Phantom Of The Opera
- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
- Kinky Boots
- School Of Rock
- Miss Saigon
- Hello, Dolly!
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