After rallying over the past couple of weeks with the help of a bumper crop of new productions, gross ticket sales fell slightly, going...

After rallying over the past couple of weeks with the help of a bumper crop of new productions, gross ticket sales fell slightly, going from $19,984,864 to $19,676,091 this past week. Comparing the previous season at this point of $400,394,750, the current season has posted ticket sales of $399,700,838, a decrease of .2 percent.

Shows with a million or more in ticket sales were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, Billy Elliot at the Imperial and The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne. Of the eight plays on Broadway, Driving Miss Daisy at the Golden posted the best ticket sales, $673,773. That also qualified as the largest dollar increase from one week to the next, by $308,498. Promises, Promises at the Broadway had the most significant drop in sales, from $1,116,639 the previous reporting period to $976,880.

Overall attendance continued to hover around the 80 percent mark with four theaters enjoying audiences at 95 percent or better. Those productions were “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Billy Elliot” and Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden.

Only two productions, “The Lion King” and “Wicked,” came close to meeting or exceeding their Gross Gross Potential.

Seven shows posted Top Tickets at $300 with “Jersey Boys” at $350. The Best Buy ticket as suggested by the Average Paid Admission was Lombardi at the Circle in the Square, $36.48.

It was announced recently that the Marquis Theater would host a Christmas show starring Donny and Marie Osmond this holiday season. It will run for 12 performances, from December 9 to December 19. It will be the first time they will share a Broadway stage, although both have previously appeared on Broadway.

Three productions opened this past week:
A Life in the Theatre, a play, opened 10/12 at the Schoenfeld
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a musical, opened 10/13 at the Jacobs
La Bête, a play, opened 10/14 at the Music Box

In previews:
• “Lombardi,” a play, opens 10/21 at Circle in the Square,
• “Driving Miss Daisy,” a play, opens 10/25at the Golden
The Scottsboro Boys, a musical, opens 10/31 at the Lyceum
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a musical, opens 11/4 at the Belasco

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending October 17, 2010

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Life in the Theatre
(Schoenfeld)
$268,568 5,619 0 8 1,071 $47.80 65.6%
A Little Night Music
(Kerr)
$623,475 6,841 0 8 931 $91.14 91.9%
American Idiot
(St. James)
$521,228 7,285 0 8 1,709 $71.55 53.3%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$1,098,027 11,231 0 8 1,421 $97.77 98.8%
Bloody…Jackson
(Jacobs)
$290,198 6,545 2 6 1,030 $44.34 79.4%
Brief Encounter
(Studio 54)
$317,603 4,920 0 8 1,002 $64.55 61.4%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$530,213 7,076 0 8 1,080 $74.93 81.9%
Driving Miss Daisy
(Golden)
$673,773 5,650 8 0 804 $119.25 87.8%
Fela!
(O’Neill)
$468,402 6,592 0 8 1,030 $71.06 80.0%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$520,761 7,029 0 8 1,344 $74.09 65.4%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,112,513 9,816 0 8 1,228 $113.34 99.9%
La Bete
(Music Box)
$306,375 5,803 3 5 1,007 $52.80 72.0%
La Cage aux Folles
(Longacre)
$550,196 6,128 0 8 1,057 $89.78 72.5%
Lombardi
(Circle in Square)
$170,255 4,667 8 0 790 $36.48 73.8%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$988,857 11,737 0 8 1,498 $84.25 97.9%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$761,673 9,963 0 8 1,797 $76.45 69.3%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$939,978 10,464 0 8 1,470 $89.83 89.0%
Million Dollar Quartet
(Nederlander)
$594,503 6,955 0 8 1,214 $85.48 71.6%
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
(American Airlines)
$251,376 4,368 0 8 740 $57.55 73.8%
Next to Normal
(Booth)
$271,060 4,640 0 8 772 $58.42 75.1%
Promises, Promises
(Broadway)
$976,880 11,644 0 8 1,747 $83.90 83.3%
Rock of Ages
(Atkinson)
$469,808 6,480 0 8 997 $72.50 81.2%
The Addams Family
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$1,020,192 9,751 0 8 1,519 $104.62 80.2%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,452,507 12,523 0 8 1,677 $115.99 93.3%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$861,400 11,426 0 8 1,615 $75.39 88.4%
The Pitmen Painters
(Friedman)
$231,917 3,627 0 8 650 $63.94 69.8%
The Scottsboro Boys
(Lyceum)
$232,538 5,075 8 0 918 $45.82 69.1%
Time Stands Still
(Cort)
$444,807 6,002 0 8 1,079 $74.11 69.5%
West Side Story
(Palace)
$709,134 9,727 0 8 1,697 $72.90 71.6%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,576,947 14,472 0 8 1,809 $108.97 100.0%
Women…Breakdown
(Belasco)
$440,931 7,329 8 0 1,002 $60.16 91.4%