It was a great week for Broadway as ticket sales soared from the previous week’s box office of $20,739,845 to $24,454,021. That brings the current total at this point in the season to $866,572,070 compared to $853,123,798 for the same point in time last season, representing a 1.6 percent increase.
A total of 33 productions graced the Great White Way: 23 musicals, nine plays and one special. Thirteen of those enjoyed 95 percent or better attendance. Overall, theaters reported 88.31 percent attendance.
Nine productions posted more than a million dollars in ticket sales:
• Wicked at the Gershwin
• The Lion King at the Minskoff
• The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne
• Billy Elliot at the Imperial
• Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam
• The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic
• West Side Story at the Palace
• Jersey Boys at the August Wilson
• Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden
Hair at the Hirschfeld showed the largest increase in ticket sales this past week, increasing by $292,384 over the previous week’s box office take. In contrast, A Little Night Music at the Kerr hit the lowest note, dropping $397,238 in ticket sales compared to the previous week.
Three productions closed their doors on April 4. In its last week, “The Miracle Worker” saw the largest bump in attendance of any production, a 31 percent increase over the previous week. Two others closing their doors were “All About Me” and “A View From the Bridge.”
In other news, Green Day and MTV will honor the musical American Idiot in previews at the St. James with a month-long celebration including a half-hour program called “Green Day Rocks Broadway” on MTV and its website along with many other daily events. “American Idiot” opens April 20.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies,” scheduled to make its Broadway debut this November, has been postponed. It will open in spring of 2011 at the Neil Simon Theatre instead, allowing Webber more time to recover from prostate cancer.
A different kind of production was seen below Broadway on 52nd St. on Tuesday, April 6th as smoke billowed into the street. The cause is believed to be an electrical fire and prompted the cancellation of Tuesday’s performance of “Jersey Boys.”
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending April 4, 2010
All data provided by The Broadway League
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
|Weekly Gross||Total Atten.||Prev.||Perf.||Total Capacity||Avg. Ticket Price||Atten. %|
|A Behanding in Spokane
|A Little Night Music
|All About Me
|Come Fly Away
|God of Carnage
|In the Heights
|Lend Me a Tenor
|Million Dollar Quartet
|Next to Normal
|Rock of Ages
|Sondheim on Sondheim
|The Addams Family
|The Lion King
|The Miracle Worker
|The Phantom of the Opera
|West Side Story