An improvement at the box office was seen this week with sales totaling $18,534,866 compared to the previous week of $18,101,244. The season overall...

An improvement at the box office was seen this week with sales totaling $18,534,866 compared to the previous week of $18,101,244. The season overall continues to outshine the previous season as well with an overall total of $879,845,140 compared to the same time last year of $856,171,386.

Leading productions at a million or more were the musicals Wicked at the Gershwin, West Side Story at the Palace, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, The Lion King at the Minskoff and Jersey Boys at the August Wilson. Of the 35 productions currently on Broadway, 16 are plays and 19 are musicals with none in previews. The highest-grossing play was God of Carnage at the Jacobs, reporting even higher ticket sales this past week than the previous week.

The Best Bargain ticket was Reasons to be Pretty at the Lyceum with an Average Paid Admission of $48.64. Both “Jersey Boys” and 33 Variations at the Eugene O’Neill tied for Top Ticket price at $350. Impressionism at the Schoenfeld closed its doors, playing to only 40 percent of capacity. By comparison, six productions played to 95 percent or better capacity.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-nominated playwright Horton Foote was honored May 11 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. He died March 4, ten days before his 93rd birthday. A recent production on Broadway of his work was “Dividing the Estate.” In addition to his stage work, he won two Oscars for his screenplays, adapting Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1962 and “Tender Mercies” in 1983, his own work.

Great news for lovers of cartoonist Charles Addams’ work; Tony Award winners Nathan Lane (“The Producers”) and Bebe Neuwirth (“Cheers” and “Frasier”), will star as Gomez and Morticia in the upcoming musical, “The Addams Family.” Previews begin March 4, 2010 and Opening Night is set for April 8, with a theater yet to be announced. Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch are director and designer.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending May 10, 2009
All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending May 10, 2009

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
33 Variations
9 to 5
Accent on Youth
August: Osage County
(Music Box)
Avenue Q
Billy Elliot
Blithe Spirit
(St. James)
Exit the King
God of Carnage
Guys and Dolls
In the Heights
Irena’s’ Vow
(Walter Kerr)
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Joe Turner’s…Gone
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Mary Stuart
Next to Normal
Reasons to be Pretty
Rock of Ages
South Pacific
The 39 Steps
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Norman Conquests
(Circle in Square)
The Phantom of the Opera
The Philanthropist
(American Airlines)
Waiting for Godot
(Studio 54)
West Side Story

Last Updated on May 14, 2009 by By Carol-Ann Rudy