The numbers just keep climbing: this week saw ticket sales of $17,947,578, improving over last week’s sales of $17,856,707. Comparing this season’s total to...

The numbers just keep climbing: this week saw ticket sales of $17,947,578, improving over last week’s sales of $17,856,707. Comparing this season’s total to date of $358,613,519 to the same period last year of $366,896,024, there’s still a -2.3 percent difference.

Almost half of the shows this week were million-dollar producers, among them “A Steady Rain” at the Schoenfeld. That was in spite of a five percent drop compared to its last week of previews, putting it in the top five.

Looking at the previous reporting period to last week, “Wishful Drinking” at Studio 54 made the largest audience gain, an increase of 32 percent, but “Hair” at the Hirschfeld saw the biggest drop in audience, 11 percent. Dollar-wise, “God of Carnage” at the Jacobs made the largest gain, $102,492, for a total of $970,032.

Of the 28 productions now on Broadway, nine are plays, two are specials, and 17 are musicals. Five of those productions were still in previews this past week with three openings: “A Steady Rain,” “Superior Donuts” at the Music Box and “Wishful Drinking.”

New productions beginning previews were David Mamet’s “Oleanna” at the Golden and “Brighton Beach Memoirs” at the Nederlander. “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Henry Miller, now in its second week of previews, played to an almost-full house.

The week started off with high drama when actor Tony Roberts became ill on stage and one performance of “The Royal Family” revival at the Friedman was cancelled for the afternoon. The production is in previews and advance sales have been brisk. The 69-year-old actor is reported to be in stable condition at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. While the production will open as planned on October 8, it is uncertain whether Roberts will reclaim his role for the performance.

Opening night for “Oleanna” at the John Golden will take place this Sunday, October 11.

Please note: Beginning with the week ending May 31, 2009, “Gross” represents Gross Gross and “Attendance” represents Total Attendance. For every week prior to May 31, these numbers represent Net Gross and Paid Attendance respectively. The Broadway League took this into account when comparing this season’s figures to the previous season’s and made adjustments accordingly.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending October 4, 2009
All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending October 4, 2009

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Steady Rain
After Miss Julie
(American Airlines)
Billy Elliot
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Burn the Floor
Bye Bye Birdie
(Henry Miller)
God of Carnage
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Next to Normal
Rock of Ages
South Pacific
Superior Donuts
(Music Box)
The 39 Steps
The Lion King
The Phantom of the Opera
The Royal Family
West Side Story
Wishful Drinking
(Studio 54)