The Broadway League released its 2009-10 end-of-season statistics and for the season that began May 25, 2009 and ended May 24, the League reports...

The Broadway League released its 2009-10 end-of-season statistics and for the season that began May 25, 2009 and ended May 24, the League reports the Gross Gross as $1.02 billion dollars, up from the 2008-09 season at $1 billion. Conversely, this season saw 11.89 million attendees, down 3.0 percent from last season’s 12.25 million. There were 39 shows that opened this season, of which 11 were new musicals, 14 were new plays, six were musical revivals and eight were revivals of plays.

This past week’s box office was $22,897,587, exceeding the previous week’s report of $22,465,355. For the season at this point, gross box office is $1,020,217,201 holding steady at a 1.5 percent increase when compared to the same point last season of $1,004,816,603. Of the 33 productions currently on Broadway, there are eight plays and 25 musicals.

Ranking in the million-dollar category this past week were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne, Promises, Promises at the Broadway, Billy Elliot at the Imperial and Jersey Boys at the August Wilson. Once again holding its place as the play with the largest ticket sales, $985,577, was Fences at the Cort.

Posting the largest dollar gain over the previous week was Chicago at the Ambassador, up $98,718 while A Little Night Music saw the largest drop, down $69,953. Looking at attendance from one week to the next, “Chicago” also enjoyed the largest increase in attendance, up 13.5 percent while Hair at the Hirschfeld saw the largest drop, down 10 percent. Overall, seven productions had 95 percent or better capacity, led by “Fences” at 101.67 percent.

The Top Ticket price of $350 continues to be offered by “A Little Night Music” and “Jersey Boys” while the Best Buy as measured by the Average Paid Admission is offered by the play Collected Stories at the Friedman at $45.79. The dubious honor of posting the lowest percentage of Gross Gross potential belongs to the plays Next Fall at the Helen Hayes Theatre and God of Carnage at the Jacobs, almost neck-and-neck at less than 30 percent.

There were no openings or closings this past week.

All data provided by The Broadway League.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending May 23, 2010

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Behanding in Spokane
A Little Night Music
American Idiot
(St. James)
Billy Elliot
Collected Stories
Come Fly Away
Everyday Rapture
(American Airlines)
God of Carnage
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
La Cage aux Folles
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 Phantom of the Opera
West Side Story