By Carol-Ann Rudy More previews and openings on Broadway! “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” a play by Eugene O’Neill, began previews March 29 at...

By Carol-Ann Rudy

More previews and openings on Broadway! “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” a play by Eugene O’Neill, began previews March 29 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The opening is set for April 9th. “Inherit the Wind,” a revival of the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee based on the Scopes 1925 “Monkey Trial,” is in previews at the Broadway Lyceum and opens on April 12th. Lastly, “Frost/Nixon,” a play by Peter Morgan, began previews March 31st at the Jacobs and opens April 22nd.

“The Year of Magical Thinking,” a play by Joan Didion, opened March 29th. It grossed a respectable $335,730 and played to an almost 80% filled house at the Booth Theatre.

“The Pirate Queen,” the musical, is in previews at the Hilton Theater, is set to open April 5th. It is the real-life story of the Irish Chieftain Grace O’Malley. It had $663,265 in ticket sales at 80% capacity this past week.

Hitting the high notes again this week are “Wicked,” $1,392,168 at 100% capacity; “The Lion King,” $1,193,494 at 100%; “Mary Poppins,” $1,153,161 at 98%; and “Jersey Boys, $1,154,445 at 100%.

Other productions pulling in the crowds at 95% capacity or better are: “Spamalot” with $908,385 and 100% capacity, “Les Miserables” with $665,549 and 100% capacity, “Beauty and the Beast” with $776,278 at 97%, and “The Phantom of the Opera” with $778,317 at 95%.

Lagging behind the crowd were: “Company” with $253,502 at just over 47%, and “Journey’s End” which still hasn’t found its audience, at just under 36% capacity.

If the top ticket price counted, then “Jersey Boys” at $351.50 a ticket, a “Chorus Line” coming in second at $301.25, and “Wicked” at $300.00 would be in the lead in that order. However, comparing their standing by virtue of gross receipts and capacity, ticket price is clearly not the criteria with which to measure a show’s popularity.

The gross for the past week was $19,276,166.

Broadway Gross Reports, week ending April 1st, 2007




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All data provided by The League of American Theatres and Producers

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$694,127 7,903 0 8 1,069 $87.83 92.4%
A Moon…Misbegotten
(Atkinson)
$400,224 4,500 5 0 1,033 $88.94 87.1%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$384,735 5,584 0 8 796 $68.90 87.7%
Beauty and Beast
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$776,278 11,739 0 8 1,509 $66.13 97.2%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$509,954 7,344 0 8 1,080 $69.44 85.0%
Company
(Barrymore)
$253,502 3,963 0 8 1,046 $63.97 47.4%
Curtains
(Hirschfeld)
$754,916 10,043 0 8 1,422 $75.17 88.3%
Frost/Nixon
(Jacobs)
$52,085 971 1 0 1,095 $53.64 88.7%
Grey Gardens
(Kerr)
$328,779 4,552 0 8 922 $72.23 61.7%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$660,069 10,484 0 8 1,428 $62.96 91.8%
Inherit the Wind
(Lyceum)
$394,183 5,943 8 0 943 $66.33 78.8%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,154,445 9,836 0 8 1,222 $117.37 100.6%
Journey’s End
(Belasco)
$147,849 2,910 0 8 1,017 $50.81 35.8%
Les Miserables
(Broadhurst)
$665,549 8,990 0 8 1,122 $74.03 100.2%
Mamma Mia!
(Cadillac Winter Garden)
$907,245 11,651 0 8 1,498 $77.87 97.2%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$1,153,161 14,123 0 8 1,791 $81.65 98.6%
Prelude to a Kiss
(American Airlines)
$171,464 3,903 0 8 740 $43.93 65.9%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$405,684 7,077 0 8 1,181 $57.32 74.9%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$908,385 11,531 0 8 1,441 $78.78 100.0%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$517,563 6,858 0 8 1,090 $75.47 78.6%
Talk Radio
(Longacre)
$267,922 4,494 0 8 1,095 $59.62 51.3%
Tarzan
(Rodgers)
$647,369 9,333 0 8 1,319 $69.36 88.4%
The 25th…Bee
(Circle in Square)
$239,330 4,335 0 8 684 $55.21 79.2%
The Coast of Utopia
(Beaumont)
$550,554 6,530 0 7 1,047 $84.31 89.1%
The Color Purple
(Broadway)
$770,431 11,138 0 8 1,718 $69.17 81.0%
The Drowsy Chaperone
(Marquis)
$711,953 9,587 0 8 1,611 $74.26 74.4%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,193,494 13,235 0 8 1,654 $90.18 100.0%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$778,317 12,264 0 8 1,607 $63.46 95.4%
The Pirate Queen
(Hilton)
$663,265 11,613 8 0 1,799 $57.11 80.7%
The Producers
(St. James)
$485,435 7,996 0 8 1,706 $60.71 58.6%
The Year…Thinking
(Booth)
$335,730 4,361 3 4 782 $76.98 79.7%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,392,168 14,472 0 8 1,809 $96.20 100.0%

Comparison with Previous Week

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Last Week’s Gross $ Change Atten. % Last Week’s Atten. % Atten. % Change
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$694,127 $673,043 $21,084 92.4% 88.8% 3.6%
A Moon…Misbegotten
(Atkinson)
$400,224 n/a n/a 87.1% n/a n/a
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$384,735 $373,086 $11,649 87.7% 84.1% 3.6%
Beauty and Beast
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$776,278 $723,009 $53,269 97.2% 94.1% 3.2%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$509,954 $574,212 -$64,258 85.0% 92.1% -7.1%
Company
(Barrymore)
$253,502 $314,585 -$61,083 47.4% 56.5% -9.2%
Curtains
(Hirschfeld)
$754,916 $678,568 $76,348 88.3% 81.6% 6.6%
Frost/Nixon
(Jacobs)
$52,085 n/a n/a 88.7% n/a n/a
Grey Gardens
(Kerr)
$328,779 $385,301 -$56,522 61.7% 71.4% -9.7%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$660,069 $643,369 $16,700 91.8% 89.3% 2.5%
Inherit the Wind
(Lyceum)
$394,183 $355,133 n/a 78.8% 73.7% n/a
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,154,445 $1,166,505 -$12,060 100.6% 100.7% -0.1%
Journey’s End
(Belasco)
$147,849 $157,884 -$10,035 35.8% 41.2% -5.4%
Les Miserables
(Broadhurst)
$665,549 $655,510 $10,039 100.2% 96.4% 3.7%
Mamma Mia!
(Cadillac Winter Garden)
$907,245 $872,165 $35,080 97.2% 96.3% 0.9%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$1,153,161 $1,138,310 $14,852 98.6% 98.4% 0.2%
Prelude to a Kiss
(American Airlines)
$171,464 $198,534 -$27,071 65.9% 78.2% -12.3%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$405,684 $418,196 -$12,512 74.9% 79.8% -4.9%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$908,385 $892,719 $15,666 100.0% 99.8% 0.2%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$517,563 $578,437 -$60,874 78.6% 86.5% -7.8%
Talk Radio
(Longacre)
$267,922 $305,723 -$37,801 51.3% 61.4% -10.1%
Tarzan
(Rodgers)
$647,369 $608,998 $38,371 88.4% 87.5% 0.9%
The 25th…Bee
(Circle in Square)
$239,330 $251,860 -$12,529 79.2% 78.7% 0.5%
The Coast of Utopia
(Beaumont)
$550,554 $569,335 -$18,781 89.1% 90.0% -0.9%
The Color Purple
(Broadway)
$770,431 $795,171 -$24,740 81.0% 87.2% -6.1%
The Drowsy Chaperone
(Marquis)
$711,953 $776,978 -$65,025 74.4% 77.6% -3.3%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,193,494 $1,156,852 $36,642 100.0% 99.3% 0.8%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$778,317 $759,446 $18,871 95.4% 90.3% 5.1%
The Pirate Queen
(Hilton)
$663,265 $627,400 $35,865 80.7% 81.3% -0.6%
The Producers
(St. James)
$485,435 $454,395 $31,040 58.6% 53.9% 4.6%
The Year…Thinking
(Booth)
$335,730 $417,124 -$81,394 79.7% 95.9% -16.3%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,392,168 $1,380,917 $11,251 100.0% 100.0% 0.0%