This past week saw a cooling off at the Broadway box office, with ticket sales at $17,589,760 for the week ending January 17, compared...

This past week saw a cooling off at the Broadway box office, with ticket sales at $17,589,760 for the week ending January 17, compared to $18,754,209 for the previous week. Comparing this point in the season with the 2008-09 period, however, ticket sales are still ahead at $677,962,676 to $675,668,483. Attendance figures for the year are running at 84 percent compared to 81 percent in 2009.

The week began with 25 productions, five of which were plays. However, “Wishful Drinking” at Studio 54, the last remaining special, closed its doors on the 17th along with the musical “Finian’s Rainbow” at the St. James. Finian’s went out with a bang, posting the highest gains over the previous week of any production, up $154,882 representing an increase of 20 percent in attendance.

West Side Story at the Palace posted the second-highest gains after “Finian’s,” followed closely by Memphis at the Shubert.

The million-dollar circle is once again dominated by the following productions:
Wicked at the Gershwin
The Lion King at the Minskoff
Billy Elliott: The Musical at the Imperial
Jersey Boys at the August Wilson
-West Side Story at the Palace

Another big name, Denzel Washington, will hit Broadway in August Wilson’s Fences at the Cort Theatre in a limited 13-week run. Previews begin April 14 with Opening Night scheduled for April 26. It looks like Horton Foote fans will see “The Orphans’ Home Cycle,” a three-part play cycle, open this fall at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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 January 17, 2010

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending January 17, 2010

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Little Night Music
A View…Bridge
Billy Elliot
Bye Bye Birdie
(Henry Miller)
Finian’s Rainbow
(St. James)
God of Carnage
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Next to Normal
Present Laughter
(American Airlines)
Rock of Ages
South Pacific
The Lion King
The Phantom of the Opera
Time Stands Still
West Side Story
Wishful Drinking
(Studio 54)