Broadway beamed a little brighter this past week, with ticket sales of $20,126,659 compared to $19,380,902 the previous week, no small task considering there are only 25 productions on the Great White Way. Two plays, 22 musicals, and a new special make up the current offerings. Comparing the season to date, $167,746,875 is the reported figure so far, compared to $162,567,863 for the same point last season representing a positive 3.2 percent this season over last. Attendance overall is up this past week as well, close to 84 percent.
Of the 25 productions, only seven ranked in the million dollar category: Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne, Promises, Promises at the Broadway, Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam, Billy Elliot at the Imperial and Jersey Boys at the August Wilson.
The one new production opening on July 15 was the special, Harry Connick, Jr. in concert at the Neil Simon Theatre. “Jersey Boys” offers the single Top Ticket at $350 this past week, while the play Race at the Barrymore once again presents the Best Buy as suggested by the Average Paid Admission, $63.13.
Looking at dollar gains and losses compared to the previous week, “Mary Poppins” scored an increase of $116,404 while Fela! at the O’Neill dropped $26,350. Million Dollar Quartet at the Nederlander saw the largest drop in attendance percentage-wise, down 2.2 percent, while Rock of Ages at the Atkinson saw a gain of almost eight percent.
A revival of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company is scheduled for February of 2011, according to Playbill. Tony Award winner Sutton Foster is tapped to play the lead made famous by two other Tony Award winners, Patti LuPone and the late Ethel Merman. The production will be directed and choreographed by yet another Tony Award winner, Kathleen Marshall.
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending July 18, 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 Little Night Music|
|Come Fly Away|
|Harry Connick, Jr.|
|In the Heights|
|La Cage aux Folles|
|Lend Me a Tenor|
|Million Dollar Quartet|
|Next to Normal|
|Rock of Ages|
|The Addams Family|
|The Lion King|
|The Phantom of the Opera|
|West Side Story|