This past week saw the first day of summer and hotter numbers on the Way. The box office exceeded not only the previous week’s...

This past week saw the first day of summer and hotter numbers on the Way. The box office exceeded not only the previous week’s numbers, but also beat out the same week last year: $20,962,855 to $20,428,069.

Racking up the best numbers among the 26 musicals were Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, The Little Mermaid at the Lunt-Fontanne, and Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden in that order. Among the nine plays on Broadway, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Broadhurst continues to draw the biggest crowds followed by August: Osage County at the Music Box and Boeing-Boeing at the Longacre. Not reporting revenues is Young Frankenstein at the Hilton.

Ten productions posted full houses at 95 percent or better. The Country Girl at the Jacobs fared the most poorly at just 48 percent capacity. However, the biggest drop compared to the previous week was seen at the Walter Kerr, the musical A Catered Affair, falling from grace with a 14 percent drop. Just four others faced a much smaller drop in attendance ranging from 1.5 to almost 8 percent. Gypsy at the St. James showed the most gains in audience attendance, up 15 percent from the previous reporting period.

Ready to make a big splash, neither a play nor a musical, is Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy. It is in previews that began on the 16th at the Broadway. Billed as a “special,” fans of Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Productions are in for an eyeful with 25 artists performing feats in a fantasy jungle setting. It promises—and delivers—a treat for the eyes with marvelous costumes and acrobatic feats. It opens June 26.

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The best bargain on Broadway continues to be Cry-Baby at the Marquis with the lowest Average Paid Admission of $36.42. Jersey Boys bookends the other end of the spectrum at $116.26.

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Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending June 22, 2008

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Catered Affair
A Chorus Line
August: Osage County
(Music Box)
Avenue Q
(St. James)
(Neil Simon)
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Legally Blonde
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
(American Airlines)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Passing Strange
South Pacific
Spring Awakening
(Studio 54)
The 39 Steps
The Country Girl
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Phantom of the Opera
Top Girls

All data provided by The Broadway League

Last Updated on June 25, 2008 by By Carol-Ann Rudy