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...

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:

• “Fences” on April 26
Enron at the Broadhurst on April 27
• “Collected Stories” on April 28
Everyday Rapture at the American Airlines on April 29

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending May 2, 2010

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending May 2, 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