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.

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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

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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%
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