Broadway Ticket Sales Report Week ending February 11, 2007 By Carol-Ann Rudy No surprises this week as Wicked kicks it up with the highest...

Broadway Ticket Sales Report
Week ending February 11, 2007

By Carol-Ann Rudy

No surprises this week as Wicked kicks it up with the highest ticket sales: $1,307,183 and 98% capacity, beating out close runner-up Jersey Boys at $1,171,042 and 100% capacity. In spite of its continuing lead, Wicked posted a slight drop, $7,208, in its sales over the previous week.

The revival of the play Journey’s End opened for previews at the Belasco on February 8 with the opening set for February 22 and closing scheduled for July 1. It opened with sales of $80,140 at just 35% capacity. It was first produced in 1929, but has not been seen on Broadway since 1939. It enjoyed a successful run on London’s West End in 2004 directed by David Grindley who is also directing this production. Written by R.C. Sheriff and produced by Boyett/Ostar Productions, this drama is set in World War I and stars Hugh Dancy, Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays, and Stark Sands.

Escaping their mid-winter pallor, nineteen productions posted modest gains over the previous week’s ticket sales. A notable exception was The Coast of Utopia, Part Three, Salvage, posting a whopping gain of $114,453 over the previous week’s sales, at $369,977.

Les Miserables posted the largest drop in sales over the previous reporting period: ticket sales were $499,265 this period, a $52,023 change at 70% capacity. Six other productions, as well as Wicked, posted a drop in ticket sales as well: Hairspray $407,952, a drop of $46,283 at 60% capacity; The Drowsy Chaperone $630,429, a drop of $39,681 at 65% capacity; The Phantom of the Opera $516,404, a drop of $21,538 at 62% capacity; A Chorus Line $643,064, a drop of $13,326 at 81% capacity; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee $209,117, a drop of $4,840 at 67% capacity; and The Little Dog Laughed $186,523, $3,033 at just under 44% capacity.

Total grosses for the week were $14,495,659, up from $13,892,844 the previous reporting period.

Broadway Gross Reports, February 11, 2007
All data provided by The League of American Theatres and Producers

Comparison with Previous Week

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Last Week’s Gross $ Change Atten. % Last Week’s Atten. % Atten. % Change
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$643,064 $656,390 -$13,326 81.1% 81.0% 0.0%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$332,656 $296,720 $35,936 77.2% 73.6% 3.6%
Beauty and Beast
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$515,332 $475,223 $40,109 74.6% 73.3% 1.3%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$368,642 $341,062 $27,580 62.8% 60.3% 2.6%
Company
(Barrymore)
$359,535 $313,819 $45,716 58.0% 53.3% 4.7%
Grey Gardens
(Kerr)
$421,526 $398,960 $22,566 76.1% 74.3% 1.8%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$407,952 $454,235 -$46,283 60.0% 66.4% -6.4%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,171,042 $1,164,277 $6,765 100.7% 100.4% 0.3%
Journey’s End
(Belasco)
$80,140 n/a n/a 35.1% n/a n/a
Les Miserables
(Broadhurst)
$499,265 $551,288 -$52,023 70.4% 84.0% -13.6%
Mamma Mia!
(Cadillac Winter Garden)
$716,971 $675,734 $41,237 81.8% 79.7% 2.1%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$981,932 $933,745 $48,187 82.3% 79.8% 2.5%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$272,138 $265,983 $6,155 51.5% 53.2% -1.8%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$778,899 $754,713 $24,187 88.5% 92.6% -4.1%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$514,372 $447,500 $66,872 80.6% 71.6% 9.0%
Tarzan
(Rodgers)
$465,111 $451,322 $13,789 70.9% 71.9% -1.0%
The 25th…Bee
(Circle in Square)
$209,117 $213,957 -$4,840 67.8% 74.3% -6.4%
The Apple Tree
(Studio 54)
$292,803 $282,360 $10,443 73.0% 69.5% 3.5%
The Coast of Utopia
(Beaumont)
$369,977 $255,524 $114,453 91.8% 94.0% -2.3%
The Color Purple
(Broadway)
$579,215 $484,341 $94,875 68.4% 57.8% 10.6%
The Drowsy Chaperone
(Marquis)
$630,429 $670,110 -$39,681 65.8% 76.8% -11.0%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$900,309 $815,332 $84,977 83.2% 80.3% 3.0%
The Little Dog Laughed
(Cort)
$186,523 $189,556 -$3,033 41.9% 43.5% -1.6%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$516,404 $537,941 -$21,538 62.3% 69.2% -6.9%
The Producers
(St. James)
$437,751 $421,709 $16,042 51.3% 52.1% -0.8%
The Vertical Hour
(Music Box)
$299,374 $292,010 $7,364 60.7% 54.7% 6.0%
Translations
(Biltmore)
$237,997 $234,642 $3,355 83.1% 84.5% -1.5%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,307,183 $1,314,391 -$7,208 98.0% 96.4% 1.6%