This past week’s $20,084,191 in ticket sales is a sizeable gain over the previous week’s report of just $18,757,116 and an increase over the...

This past week’s $20,084,191 in ticket sales is a sizeable gain over the previous week’s report of just $18,757,116 and an increase over the same week last season of $20,070,225. Attendance for the week was at 90.68 percent capacity with 225,754 patrons.

Of the 24 productions currently on Broadway, winners in the million-dollar ranks were these musicals: Wicked at the Gershwin, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, The Lion King at the Minskoff, West Side Story at the Palace, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson and Hair at the Al Hirschfeld. Of the six plays, God of Carnage at the Jacobs leads the pack at close to a million in ticket sales, followed by Waiting for Godot at Studio 54.

Looking at a list of shows that achieved 100 percent or more of their gross potential, “Billy Elliot” tops the list at more than 112 percent followed by “God of Carnage” at more than 108 percent, “Wicked” at 103 percent, followed by “The Lion King” and “West Side Story,” both at 96 percent. Making the poorest showing is Mary Stuart at the Broadhurst, achieving just under 35 percent of its potential.

Eleven productions scored 95 percent or better percent of capacity, expressed as attendance. The play, “Mary Stuart,” reported the lowest capacity at just 59 percent of seats filled. It also reports the lowest Average Paid Admission at $55.44, which can be viewed as the Best Bargain ticket.

Compared to the previous week’s report, Chicago at the Ambassador saw the largest increase in audiences at about 12 percent, while The 39 Steps at the Hayes saw the largest drop, more than seven percent.

Broadway will welcome actor Victor Garber after a ten-year hiatus. He returns to the stage in the Noel Coward comedy, “Present Laughter,” to be directed by Nicholas Martin Previews are scheduled to begin January 2, 2010 at the American Airlines Theatre with Opening Night scheduled for January 21. Garber has become familiar to viewers of the television series “Alias.”

“Waiting for Godot” closed its doors on July 12.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending July 12, 2009
All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending July 12, 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
Waiting for Godot
(Studio 54)
West Side Story

Last Updated on July 15, 2009 by By Carol-Ann Rudy