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With pricey New Year’s Eve ducats and high attendance, the 23-show slate pulled a record-breaking $11,646,663 during Week 31 (Dec. 26-Jan. 1), a monster 45.5% jump over Christmas week. Attendance came in at 218,400, a 26.3% hike.

With a $95 top ticket and 100% attendance, “Show Boat” took a whopping $1,021,211 for the week. All told, nine shows went SRO for the week, including “Sunset Boulevard,” which only played seven performances because of a computer problem.

“The Glass Menagerie,” “The Shadow Box,” “The Flying Karamazov Brothers Do the Impossible” and “A Tuna Christmas” wrapped up during Week 31, and “Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect” came back from a two-week vacation.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $10,146,513,87% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 182,275 at 97.5% of musical capacity. Plays tallied $1,500,150,13% of the total, with attendance of 36,125 at 89.5% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $53.32 for all shows, $55.66 for musicals and $41.52 for plays.

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