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...

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
Week Ending April 4, 2010

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Behanding in Spokane
A Little Night Music
A View…Bridge
All About Me
(Henry Miller)
American Idiot
(St. James)
Billy Elliot
Come Fly Away
God of Carnage
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Lend Me a Tenor
(Music Box)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Million Dollar Quartet
Next Fall
(Helen Hayes)
Next to Normal
Promises, Promises
Rock of Ages
Sondheim on Sondheim
(Studio 54)
South Pacific
The Addams Family
The Lion King
The Miracle Worker
The Phantom of the Opera
West Side Story