Call it the Hamilton effect or just supply and demand.
Producers of Waitress have raised the top ticket to $600 with pop stars Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz in the leading roles. That’s the priciest seat for a star-driven musical on Broadway today, after Hello, Dolly! slashed prices when Bernadette Peters replaced Bette Midler as the matchmaker Dolly Levi.
With Bareilles back onstage after a stint last spring, Waitress weekly grosses spiked 51 percent to $1.6 million. It was by far the musical’s best seven days since it opened in 2016. That’s impressive given that frigid weather contributed to Broadway’s worst week in almost three months.