This past week’s box office of $19,917,127 was a drop from last week’s $20,084,191. Comparing this season to last, this year’s ticket sales so...

This past week’s box office of $19,917,127 was a drop from last week’s $20,084,191. Comparing this season to last, this year’s ticket sales so far are $162,567,863 compared to the same time period last year of $166,550,743. Attendance for the season so far is 252,576 compared to 252,576 the same week last season.

Of the 23 productions on the Great White Way, the seven million-dollar shows are as follows: Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, West Side Story at the Palace, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, Hair at the Al Hirschfeld and Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden. Ten shows reported 95 percent or better attendance, and five reported achieving 95 percent or better of their gross potential, led by “Billy Elliot” at 113 percent.

A dip in box office returns this reporting period can be laid at the feet of another closing: the play, Blithe Spirit at the Shubert had a great final week before shutting its doors on Sunday, July 19. In that last week, it racked up the largest dollar and attendance increase of any production compared to the previous week. In contrast, the musical 9 to 5 at the Marquis saw the biggest drop in attendance and the largest dollar drop from one week to the next.

Another September opening: the play, A Steady Rain by Keith Huff, will appear at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It features a cast of two, Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, and is directed by John Crowley. It opens to previews Sept. 10 and Opening Night is scheduled for Sept. 29. It is the story of two Chicago police officers whose friendship is severely tested.

Opening to previews on October 22 is the play, “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play”, at the Lyceum Theatre. Opening Night is scheduled for November 19. The story is about a doctor and his wife whose life is turned upside down with his invention of, and experimental therapy with, the device in the title.

Alicia Silverstone and Laura Linney will take the stage in a production of Donald Margulies’ “Time Stands Still” at the Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater. It opens to previews January 5, 2010 and Opening Night is scheduled for January 28.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending July 19, 2009
All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending July 19, 2009

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
9 to 5
Avenue Q
Billy Elliot
Blithe Spirit
God of Carnage
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Mary Stuart
Next to Normal
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
West Side Story

Last Updated on July 23, 2009 by By Carol-Ann Rudy