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Broadway Grosses: Motown Ousts Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons From the Top Ten

Motown: The Musical went platinum in its first week of previews, knocking Jersey Boys out of the running. logo
Broadway Grosses for the week ending March 17, in pie form.
© Kelley L. Smith

Imma let you finish, Frankie Valli, but Motown is having one of the best weeks of all time!

After only seven sold-out performances at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Motown: The Musical, the show about Berry Gordy's legendary R&B label, grossed $1.03 million, according to figures from the Broadway League, making it the seventh-highest grossing show on Broadway last week. This marks the first time a new Broadway musical has joined the Million Dollar Club in its first week of previews without an out-of-town tryout.

Two other new shows passed the $1 million mark for the week ending March 17. Lucky Guy, the journalism drama written by the late (great) Nora Ephron and starring (the great) Tom Hanks, grossed $1.29 million, representing 115 percent of its potential gross in the Broadhurst Theatre thanks to premium ticket sales. The only non-musical to breach the list of ten-highest grosser, Lucky Guy maintained the number-four slot it held last week, surpassed only by mega-musicals Wicked, The Lion King, and The Book of Mormon.

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella banked $1.1 million, slinking just behind Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark to the sixth-highest slot.

Not in the running this week? Jersey Boys, the show most often compared — structurally, at least — to new winner Motown.

As per usual, the witches, lions, and Mormons continue to rule Broadway's Top-3 slot.

For more information about this week's Broadway grosses, click here.