This past week’s box office figures for the first week of the new season continue to look good at $19,627,188, down a bit compared...

This past week’s box office figures for the first week of the new season continue to look good at $19,627,188, down a bit compared to the previous week of $20,413,144. Continuing their million-dollar streak alive was 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 13 plays, God of Carnage at the Jacobs brought in $911,320 in ticket sales, followed by Waiting for Godot at Studio 54 and Exit the King at the Barrymore.

The largest increase dollar-wise over the previous reporting period was reported by “Wicked,” up $136,168 while the play, Blithe Spirit at the Shubert, reported the largest drop, $110,453. The Best Bargain ticket was Irena’s Vow at the Walter Kerr Theatre, $46.56 as measured by the Average Paid Admission. The Top Ticket sold continues to be a seat at “Jersey Boys,” $350.

Looking at attendance, seven productions saw more than 95 percent of seats filled. Accent on Youth at the Friedman enjoyed the largest increase over the previous week, almost 19 percent, while Chicago at the Ambassador saw a 16 percent drop. August: Osage County playing at the Music Box saw less than half, about 41 percent, of its seats filled.

If you’re not at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan this Sunday, June 7, be sure to catch the three-hour live broadcast of the 63rd Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards on CBS, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Neil Patrick Harris will host the awards.

Theater lovers will have a greater opportunity to catch “God of Carnage” as the four cast members of the show, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, previously scheduled to perform through July 19, have extended their contracts. They will take a six-week “vacation” beginning July 28 through Sept. 7, resuming their appearance Sept. 8 through Nov. 15.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending May 31, 2009
All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending May 31, 2009

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
9 to 5
Accent on Youth
August: Osage County
(Music Box)
Avenue Q
Billy Elliot
Blithe Spirit
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 June 4, 2009 by By Carol-Ann Rudy