As the troubles on Wall Street continue to affect millions across the country, New York tourists have continued to pass through the turnstiles on Broadway. The total gross receipts were $15,558,404 this past week, down a bit from last week but still exceeding the same week last season of only $14,329,577. Looking at the whole season to date, Broadway continues to outdo last season by more than $4,278,000.
Six theaters were filled to 95 percent or better this week, with Jersey Boys winning the gold star for being the only production filled to 100 percent capacity. Of the 22 musicals, Wicked at the Gershwin, “Jersey Boys” at the August Wilson and The Lion King at the Minskoff continue to be million-dollar plus productions. “Xanadu” closed a successful run at the Hayes Theatre Sept. 28, going out with the largest increase in attendance, 20 percent and a tidy box office sales increase of more than $61,000 over last week. A Tale of Two Cities at the Hirschfeld also saw a favorable increase in attendance of 11 percent and a $74,000 increase in ticket sales over last week. The 39 Steps at Cort Theatre saw the biggest drop in attendance at nine percent fewer seats filled.
Of the eight plays currently on Broadway, the newcomer All My Sons playing at the Schoenfeld Theatre grossed the best box office at $684,002, a whopping increase of almost $206,000 over its first week. Equus opened at the Broadhurst on Sept. 25, filling seats to 65 percent for the week.
There is a lot of excitement surrounding the musical Billy Elliot as it hits the stage tonight at the Imperial Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for November 13. The musical is the latest London import and is based on the movie about a boy who struggles to follow his heart and dance in spite of his father’s opposition. Other productions in previews:
– The Seagull at the Walter Kerr scheduled for Oct. 2.
– 13 at the Jacobs scheduled for Oct. 5.
– “A Man For All Seasons” scheduled for Oct. 7.
– To Be or Not to Be at the Friedman scheduled for Oct. 14.
– “All My Sons” at the Schoenfeld scheduled for Oct. 16.
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending September 28, 2008
All data provided by The Broadway League
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
|Weekly Gross||Total Atten.||Prev.||Perf.||Total Capacity||Avg. Ticket Price||Atten. %|
|A Man For All Seasons
|All My Sons
|August: Osage County
|In the Heights
|The 39 Steps
|The Lion King
|The Little Mermaid
|The Phantom of the Opera
|[title of show]