It was another great week on Broadway with six new productions now playing for a total of 33, including nine plays and 24 musicals. Comparing the high of the previous week, $24,454,021, this week’s ticket sales came in a little shy of that at $22,531,010.The season to date total of $889,043,080 continues to outshine last year’s $876,374,605 for a 1.4 percent increase.
In the million-dollar circle again this week were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Billy Elliot at the Imperial,The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne, Mary Poppins at the Amsterdam, The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic and West Side Story at the Palace. Leading the slate of plays in ticket sales was A Behanding in Spokane at the Schoenfeld, approaching $490,000. A Little Night Music at the Kerr reported a big bounce in ticket sales from $434,346 in the previous reporting period, to $872,822 this past week.
Attendance continues to be around 85 percent overall with 11 productions reporting 95 percent or better. No production posted less than 53 percent. Compared to the previous reporting period, Hair at the Hirschfeld saw the largest loss of attendance, a drop of 19 percent while Million Dollar Quartet at the Nederlander saw a 25 percent increase.
The Top Ticket price of $350 was offered by “A Little Night Music” and “Jersey Boys.” The Best Buy as gauged by the Average Paid Admission was offered by “Million Dollar Quartet” at $35.37.
Opening nights this week were enjoyed by patrons attending “The Addams Family” on April 8 and “Million Dollar Quartet” on April 11. Still in previews are:
• La Cage aux Folles at the Longacre, opening April 18
• American Idiot at the St. James, opening April 20
• Sondheim on Sondheim at Studio 54, opening April 22
• Promises, Promises at the Broadway, opening April 25
• Enron at the Broadhurst, opening April 27
• Collected Stories at the Friedman, opening April 28
Closing its doors this past week was the play, “Looped” at the Lyceum.
In other news, Angela Lansbury was awarded the 2010 Stephen Sondheim Award on April 12 for her outstanding achievement in acting. Her career as an actress has spanned more than five decades and includes both Broadway and Hollywood.
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending April 11, 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|
|Come Fly Away|
|God of Carnage|
|In the Heights|
|La Cage aux Folles|
|Lend Me a Tenor|
|Million Dollar Quartet|
|Next to Normal|
|Rock of Ages|
|Sondheim on Sondheim|
|The Addams Family|
|The Lion King|
|The Phantom of the Opera|
|West Side Story|