By Carol-Ann Rudy Week of March 5 – March 11, 2007 There’s a healthy thaw in the winter air on Broadway this past week,...

By Carol-Ann Rudy
Week of March 5 – March 11, 2007

There’s a healthy thaw in the winter air on Broadway this past week, and a nice increase in total ticket sales to $18,114,084. Ten productions are enjoying 90% capacity or better houses, and only one, “Journey’s End,” struggles with less than 40% capacity and just $149,846 in sales.

Topping the list of biggest draws once again in the million-dollar club are four productions: “Wicked” with $1,370,150 at about 100% capacity, followed by “Jersey Boys” with $1,178,547 at 100% capacity; “The Lion King” with $1,027,155, at just over 90% capacity; and lastly “Mary Poppins” earning $1,025,733 at 88% capacity. The most expensive ticket on Broadway? For the best seat in the house at “Jersey Boys” the theatre-goer is paying $351.50.

A new production, “The Year of Magical Thinking” at the Booth Theatre, had a great preview week filled to 94% capacity with $373,154 in ticket sales. It is scheduled to open March 29.

The other productions enjoying a very good week with more than 90% capacity were: “Les Miserables” with $672,531; “Mamma Mia!” with $850,051; “The Coast of Utopia” with $530,101; “Translations” with $227,558 and almost 91%; “Beauty and The Beast” with $654,897; and “Spamalot” with $794,896 in ticket sales.

All data provided by The League of American Theatres and Producers

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$645,3597,058081,069$91.4482.5%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$370,2935,49308796$67.4186.3%
Beauty and Beast
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$654,89711,038081,509$59.3391.4%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$485,3696,932081,080$70.0280.2%
Company
(Barrymore)
$327,3254,787081,046$68.3857.2%
Curtains
(Hirschfeld)
$556,0197,999801,422$69.5170.3%
Grey Gardens
(Kerr)
$374,9265,14808922$72.8369.8%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$554,6999,248081,428$59.9881.0%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,178,5479,835081,222$119.83100.6%
Journey’s End
(Belasco)
$149,8463,142081,017$47.6938.6%
Les Miserables
(Broadhurst)
$672,5318,455081,122$79.5494.2%
Mamma Mia!
(Cadillac Winter Garden)
$850,05111,218081,498$75.7893.6%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$1,025,73312,642081,791$81.1488.2%
Prelude to a Kiss
(American Airlines)
$152,7473,51435740$43.4759.4%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$369,2766,433081,181$57.4068.1%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$794,89610,482081,441$75.8390.9%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$529,6967,144081,090$74.1581.9%
Talk Radio
(Longacre)
$188,0814,468711,095$42.1051.0%
Tarzan
(Rodgers)
$562,0958,474081,319$66.3380.3%
The 25th…Bee
(Circle in Square)
$222,1553,92008684$56.6771.6%
The Apple Tree
(Studio 54)
$364,0866,411081,006$56.7979.7%
The Coast of Utopia
(Beaumont)
$530,1017,756081,047$68.3592.6%
The Color Purple
(Broadway)
$716,62311,091081,718$64.6180.7%
The Drowsy Chaperone
(Marquis)
$725,6149,423081,611$77.0073.1%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,027,15511,534081,598$89.0590.2%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$655,89310,365081,607$63.2880.6%
The Pirate Queen
(Hilton)
$615,58510,735701,799$57.3485.2%
The Producers
(St. James)
$557,5298,645081,706$64.4963.3%
The Vertical Hour
(Music Box)
$286,0844,86708993$58.7861.3%
The Year…Thinking
(Booth)
$373,1644,41360782$84.5694.1%
Translations
(Biltmore)
$227,5584,71608650$48.2590.7%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,370,15014,461081,809$94.7599.9%

Comparison with Previous Week

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly GrossLast Week’s Gross$ ChangeAtten. %Last Week’s Atten. %Atten. % Change
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$645,359$617,660$27,69982.5%78.9%3.7%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$370,293$318,516$51,77786.3%75.7%10.6%
Beauty and Beast
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$654,897$565,974$88,92391.4%73.1%18.3%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$485,369$418,552$66,81680.2%70.6%9.7%
Company
(Barrymore)
$327,325$312,745$14,58057.2%56.0%1.2%
Curtains
(Hirschfeld)
$556,019$458,168$97,85170.3%62.9%7.4%
Grey Gardens
(Kerr)
$374,926$317,208$57,71869.8%57.6%12.2%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$554,699$465,526$89,17381.0%66.1%14.9%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,178,547$1,159,592$18,955100.6%100.6%0.0%
Journey’s End
(Belasco)
$149,846$124,250$25,59638.6%32.5%6.1%
Les Miserables
(Broadhurst)
$672,531$517,287$155,24494.2%77.9%16.3%
Mamma Mia!
(Cadillac Winter Garden)
$850,051$777,664$72,38693.6%90.0%3.7%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$1,025,733$917,952$107,78188.2%78.3%9.9%
Prelude to a Kiss
(American Airlines)
$152,747$164,564-$11,81759.4%65.3%-6.0%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$369,276$281,972$87,30468.1%53.9%14.2%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$794,896$693,975$100,92290.9%78.4%12.6%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$529,696$510,609$19,08781.9%78.3%3.7%
Talk Radio
(Longacre)
$188,081$184,593$3,48851.0%49.4%1.6%
Tarzan
(Rodgers)
$562,095$483,503$78,59280.3%73.2%7.1%
The 25th…Bee
(Circle in Square)
$222,155$209,905$12,25171.6%72.6%-0.9%
The Apple Tree
(Studio 54)
$364,086$285,706$78,38179.7%64.4%15.3%
The Coast of Utopia
(Beaumont)
$530,101$516,380$13,72192.6%91.5%1.1%
The Color Purple
(Broadway)
$716,623$686,063$30,56180.7%80.1%0.6%
The Drowsy Chaperone
(Marquis)
$725,614$631,482$94,13273.1%68.7%4.4%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,027,155$892,194$134,96190.2%82.0%8.3%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$655,893$546,132$109,76180.6%67.9%12.7%
The Pirate Queen
(Hilton)
$615,585n/an/a85.2%n/an/a
The Producers
(St. James)
$557,529$458,163$99,36663.3%52.1%11.2%
The Vertical Hour
(Music Box)
$286,084$235,165$50,92061.3%52.0%9.3%
The Year…Thinking
(Booth)
$373,164n/an/a94.1%n/an/a
Translations
(Biltmore)
$227,558$272,648-$45,09090.7%94.8%-4.1%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,370,150$1,355,906$14,24499.9%99.4%0.5%