With 36 productions on the Great White Way, gross ticket sales increased by more than $1 million to $20,911,150 for the week ending November...

With 36 productions on the Great White Way, gross ticket sales increased by more than $1 million to $20,911,150 for the week ending November 7, up from $19,695,420 the previous week.

Comparing last year at this point to this season, total sales are up to $461,755,883, or 0.4 percent ahead, of $459,791,093 last year. Shows racking up a million or more in ticket sales were: “Wicked” at the Gershwin, “The Lion King” at the Minskoff and “Jersey Boys” at the August Wilson.

Attendance averaged 72 percent this past week with three productions reaching 95 percent or better capacity. Shows that displayed double-digit percentage increases were “The Pee-wee Herman Show” at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with an 11.4 percent increase over the previous reporting period, and “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short” at the Helen Hayes with a 40.4 percent increase from its first preview to this past week.

“Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam experienced a $120,746 increase to $723,365, while “The Merchant of Venice” at the Broadhurst saw a $189,518 decrease to $882,431 this period.
Comparing Gross Gross Potential, only the redoubtable “Wicked” approached 100 percent, at 98.81 percent. The nearest runners-up were “Jersey Boys” and “Driving Miss Daisy” at the Golden, both at 90 percent.

Seven venues had top tickets at $300, but “Jersey Boys” continues to garner the Top Ticket category at $350.

Opening this week were the musical “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” on November 4 at the Belasco, and “The Merchant of Venice,” a play, on November 7.

Productions currently in previews are:

-“Colin Quinn: Long Story Short,” a play, opening 11/9 at the Helen Hayes
“Elf – The Musical,” opening at the Hirschfeld on 11/10
-“The Pee-Wee Herman Show,” a play, opening 1/11 at the Stephen Sondheim
“A Free Man of Color,” a play, opening 11/18 at the Vivian Beaumont
“Elling,” a play, opening 11/21 at the Barrymore

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending November 7, 2010

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Free…Color
A Life in the Theatre
A Little Night Music
American Idiot
(St. James)
Billy Elliot
Brief Encounter
(Studio 54)
Colin Quinn…Short
Driving Miss Daisy
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
La Bete
(Music Box)
La Cage aux Folles
(Circle in Square)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Million Dollar Quartet
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
(American Airlines)
Next to Normal
Promises, Promises
Rock of Ages
The Addams Family
The Lion King
The Merchant of Venice
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
The Phantom of the Opera
The Pitmen Painters
The Scottsboro Boys
Time Stands Still
West Side Story