Along with the storms that moved up the Appalachians to the east coast came a dampening of the climate on Broadway. The box office...

Along with the storms that moved up the Appalachians to the east coast came a dampening of the climate on Broadway. The box office this past week was $18,736,548, compared to $19,146,988 in the previous reporting period, and both weeks were poorer than the same week a year ago at $20,063,202. However, both Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the American Airlines Theatre and Boeing-Boeing at the Longacre were up 15 percent in capacity. The biggest drop in attendance was Spamalot, by 16 percent, followed by Avenue Q, down almost 11 percent.

Last week was also the week of the 58th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, which were announced by stage and screen star Sandy Duncan and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. South Pacific earned the most awards of the evening, with four wins for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical, and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

Young Frankenstein earned the most nominations at ten, and tied Xanadu for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. August: Osage County by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts earned three wins including the honor of Best Play, and Passing Strange took Best Musical. Congratulations are also in order for Dividing the Estate, Adding Machine, and The Homecoming, which were also awarded top prizes.

OPENINGS:
Top Girls opened at the Biltmore on May 7
The 39 Steps reopened at the Cort on May 8
“Glory Days” opened and closed on May 6 at Circle in the Square due to poor reception by critics.

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Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending May 11, 2008

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Catered Affair
(Kerr)
$423,688 5,897 0 8 933 $71.85 79.0%
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$377,540 5,291 0 8 1,069 $71.36 61.9%
August: Osage County
(Music Box)
$390,469 5,936 0 8 979 $65.78 75.8%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$218,791 3,528 0 8 796 $62.02 55.4%
Boeing-Boeing
(Longacre)
$327,771 5,993 0 8 1,077 $54.69 69.6%
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
(Broadhurst)
$682,691 8,530 0 8 1,168 $80.03 91.3%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$472,042 7,039 0 8 1,080 $67.06 81.5%
Cry-Baby
(Marquis)
$266,232 8,393 0 8 1,611 $31.72 65.1%
Curtains
(Hirschfeld)
$470,304 6,711 0 8 1,422 $70.08 59.0%
Glory Days
(Circle in Square)
$13,341 250 1 1 670 $53.37 18.7%
Grease
(Atkinson)
$581,701 7,732 0 8 1,072 $75.23 90.2%
Gypsy
(St. James)
$854,278 10,229 0 8 1,707 $83.52 74.9%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$624,142 9,929 0 8 1,428 $62.86 86.9%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$526,333 7,553 0 8 1,344 $69.69 70.2%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,164,898 9,845 0 8 1,222 $118.32 100.7%
Legally Blonde
(Palace)
$463,246 7,340 0 8 1,691 $63.11 54.3%
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
(American Airlines)
$256,096 5,042 0 8 740 $50.79 85.2%
Macbeth
(Lyceum)
$489,874 5,925 0 7 910 $82.68 93.0%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$908,311 11,295 0 8 1,498 $80.42 94.3%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$765,619 11,716 0 8 1,797 $65.35 81.5%
November
(Barrymore)
$293,895 4,097 0 8 1,058 $71.73 48.4%
Passing Strange
(Belasco)
$205,944 3,629 0 8 998 $56.75 45.5%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$428,996 6,772 0 8 1,181 $63.35 71.7%
South Pacific
(Beaumont)
$725,485 8,059 0 8 1,041 $90.02 96.8%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$519,455 7,830 0 8 1,441 $66.34 67.9%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$410,523 5,805 0 8 1,090 $70.72 66.6%
Sunday…George
(Studio 54)
$329,559 6,014 0 8 1,004 $54.80 74.9%
The 39 Steps
(Cort)
$229,236 4,713 3 5 787 $48.64 74.9%
The Country Girl
(Jacobs)
$452,484 5,713 0 8 1,103 $79.20 64.7%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,171,678 12,923 0 8 1,654 $90.67 97.7%
The Little Mermaid
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$875,071 10,369 0 8 1,518 $84.39 85.4%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$761,251 12,085 0 8 1,607 $62.99 94.0%
Thurgood
(Booth)
$239,366 4,399 0 8 780 $54.41 70.5%
Top Girls
(Biltmore)
$163,474 2,900 2 6 569 $56.37 63.7%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,434,150 14,472 0 8 1,809 $99.10 100.0%
Xanadu
(Hayes)
$218,615 3,289 0 8 596 $66.47 69.0%

All data provided by The Broadway League