Broadway ticket sales dropped about 2.5 percent to $22,320,521, for the week ending May 30, according to the Broadway League, the first week after the end of the 2009-10 season. Due to Memorial Day and a power outage at the league’s offices, comparison figures for previous years were not available.
Leading the pack of 33 productions with over a million dollars in ticket sales were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne, Promises, Promises at the Broadway, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, Billy Elliot at the Imperial and Fences at the Cort.
“Fences” also enjoyed the highest capacity of any production at 101.6 percent and reached 112 percent of its Gross Gross potential. “Wicked” followed closely with just over 100 percent of its Gross Gross Potential. Of the eight plays and 25 musicals currently offered, six productions achieved 95 percent or better attendance.
Looking at the dollar changes from one reporting period to the next, The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic saw the largest dollar increase, $68,007, representing a boost of 8.1 percent. Come Fly Away at the Marquis posted the largest drop at $137,715 representing a 11.7 percent change. The Best Buy ticket as represented by the Average Paid Admission was $42.18 for Collected Stories at the Friedman. Still holding the record for Top Ticket is A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr and “Jersey Boys.”
The death of longtime theatre critic of the Associated Press Michael Kuchwara on May 22 was recognized on Tuesday night when the lights on Broadway were dimmed for a minute.
Closing this week is the comedy, “A Behanding in Spokane” at the Gerald Schoenfeld.
• For Harry Connick, Jr. fans, he will be in concert at the Neil Simon Theatre, opening July 15 and closing July 26.
• “A Little Night Music” will close on June 20.
• Previews for David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” will begin Sept. 17 at the Schoenfeld.
• The play “La Bete” by David Hirson is set to begin previews Sept. 23 at the Music Box Theatre.
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending May30, 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