This week saw a slight drop in the numbers at the box office: $20,712,883 as opposed to $22,133,461 last week, which still outstrips the numbers for the same week last season of $19,888,343. Looking at the season to date, the gross is reported at $953,109,866, well beyond last season’s numbers at this point of $940,755,235.
Included in the million-dollar lineup this past week were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, Promises, Promises at the Broadway and Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, all musicals. The big winner of the nine plays currently on the Great White Way was Fences at the Cort starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, approaching a million at $787,660 and achieving 88.51 percent of its Gross Gross potential.
The announcement of the 2010 64th Annual Tony Award nominees took place on May 4 at The New York Public Library for Performing Arts. Leading the numbers with 11 nominations each are the new musical Fela! at the Eugene O’Neill and the revival of La Cage aux Folles at the Longacre. Following close behind is the new musical Memphis at the Shubert with eight nominations including Best Musical. Nominees for Best Play include “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play,” Next Fall playing at the Helen Hayes, Red playing at the Golden and “Time Stands Still.” The awards will be broadcast on Sunday, June 13 at 8:00 EST and 7:00 CST on CBS.
A Little Night Music at the Kerr showed the biggest gain percentage-wise this past week over the last reporting period, 12.4 percent, an increase from $591,400 to $816,984. Lend Me a Tenor at the Music Box saw the largest loss from $484,662 the last reporting period to $332,497 this past week. Dollar-wise, Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam saw the largest drop of $180,251 from one week to the next.
Four productions enjoyed an Opening Night this past week:
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending May 2, 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