Biz up; ‘Boat’ 901g

Receipts were up 9.5% during Week 46 (April 10-16) to $9,108,785 – the second-highest weekly gross of the season. Attendance took a hike, too. A total paid audience of 205,127 represented a 4.9% jump.

“Cats” took the biggest jump of the week – up $139,095 over its previous week. “Show Boat” broke $900,000, and “Having Our Say” leaped to 94.9% attendance.

On the flip side, “Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect” played seven performances for only $37,558 and 31.9% attendance, a slide from the previous week’s six shows. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” slipped a bit as well. “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” opened April 10 at the Lyceum Theater and dropped a bit due to non-paying – and non-complimentary – crix filling the seats; “Hamlet” with Ralph Fiennes started previews at the Belasco Theater (opening May 2), and “A Month in the Country” upped its top ticket to $65.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $7,556,719,83% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 159,325 at 86.7% of musical capacity. Plays tallied $1,552,066,17% of the total, with attendance of 45,802 at 71.2% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $44.40 for all shows, $47.42 for musicals and $33.88 for plays.

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