The bottom line just keeps getting better and better. The gap between last year’s total gross and this year’s has shrunk to less than...

The bottom line just keeps getting better and better. The gap between last year’s total gross and this year’s has shrunk to less than 1.5 percent. To date for the season it is $152,890,015, compared to last season’s gross at this time of $154,926,153.

Total box office receipts this past week were $19,305,801, outshining the same week last season of $18,697,151 and better than last week’s figures. The numbers for Young Frankenstein at the Hilton continue to go unreported.

Hitting the high notes with million-dollar plus ticket sales were six productions: Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, The Little Mermaid at the Lunt-Fontanne, Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden and In the Heights at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Ten shows saw 95 percent attendance or better.

Of the five plays on Broadway in August, Osage County at the Music Box presented the best numbers, followed by Boeing-Boeing at the Longacre and The Country Girl in its final week at the Jacobs Theatre.

The most significant increase in ticket sales and attendance over the previous week was enjoyed by Passing Strange in its final week at the Belasco Theatre; up $208 K with a 47 percent jump in attendance. Thurgood at the Booth Theatre saw the biggest drop in sales, $27 K, compared to the previous week. Highest Average Paid Admission was Jersey Boys at $116.77, also still enjoying the Top Ticket price of $350.

There are six weeks left to catch the Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the Broadway Theater. The production continues to delight audiences with its high-tech polish.

The musical [the title of show] opened at the Lyceum on July 17, providing the “Best Bargain” ticket at $43.50, based on the lowest Average Paid Admission this week.

Casting has begun for Billy Elliott, The Musical, previewing at the Imperial Theatre Oct. 1 and opening on Nov. 13.

Fans of Whoopi Goldberg may want to catch her stepping into a role as one of the Muses in Xanadu at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 29 for a six week limited engagement.

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Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending July 20, 2008

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Catered Affair
(Kerr)
$267,198 4,692 0 8 933 $56.95 62.9%
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$470,247 6,995 0 8 1,069 $67.23 81.8%
August: Osage County
(Music Box)
$542,291 6,465 0 8 979 $83.88 82.5%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$315,963 5,318 0 8 796 $59.41 83.5%
Boeing-Boeing
(Longacre)
$454,573 6,842 0 8 1,077 $66.44 79.4%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$521,151 7,377 0 8 1,080 $70.65 85.4%
Cirque…Fantasy
(Broadway)
$524,805 9,303 0 8 1,742 $56.41 66.8%
Grease
(Atkinson)
$707,983 8,237 0 8 1,072 $85.95 96.0%
Gypsy
(St. James)
$811,345 10,648 0 8 1,707 $76.20 78.0%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$695,032 10,346 0 8 1,428 $67.18 90.6%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$1,006,911 10,807 0 8 1,344 $93.17 100.5%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,150,420 9,852 0 8 1,222 $116.77 100.8%
Legally Blonde
(Palace)
$855,990 12,368 0 8 1,691 $69.21 91.4%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$1,007,600 12,186 0 8 1,498 $82.69 101.7%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$978,868 13,720 0 8 1,797 $71.35 95.4%
Passing Strange
(Belasco)
$393,296 6,830 0 8 998 $57.58 85.5%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$470,225 7,065 0 8 1,181 $66.56 74.8%
South Pacific
(Beaumont)
$899,258 8,299 0 8 1,041 $108.36 99.7%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$631,938 9,116 0 8 1,441 $69.32 79.1%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$453,578 6,904 0 8 1,090 $65.70 79.2%
The 39 Steps
(Cort)
$275,628 5,084 0 8 787 $54.21 80.7%
The Country Girl
(Jacobs)
$382,213 5,892 0 8 1,078 $64.87 68.3%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,321,116 13,235 0 8 1,654 $99.82 100.0%
The Little Mermaid
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$1,142,422 12,139 0 8 1,518 $94.11 100.0%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$863,776 12,492 0 8 1,617 $69.15 96.6%
Thurgood
(Booth)
$242,497 3,837 0 8 780 $63.20 61.5%
[title of show]
(Lyceum)
$154,121 3,543 2 6 922 $43.50 48.0%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,522,706 14,472 0 8 1,809 $105.22 100.0%
Xanadu
(Hayes)
$242,649 3,554 0 8 596 $68.27 74.5%