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B'way Grosses

NEW YORK — Even as the roster swelled to its seasonal peak — just before the seasonal culling that follows the Tony nomionations — Broadway grosses dropped for the second week in a row during Week 49 (April 30-May 6). The 37 shows brought in a total net of $14,201,184, a decrease of 7.1%. Total attendance was 260,578.

“The Producers” jumped in front of “The Lion King” to become the top-grossing show, bringing in an impressive $1,013,384 (an increase of $50,698 from last week) out of a gross potential of $1,019,300. “The Lion King” took in $999,899, up $977 from last week.

Out of the three shows that opened this week only “42nd Street” took a slight drop. The musical brought in $418,006, down $76,256 from last week. Meanwhile, “George Gershwin Alone” took in $71,884 (an increase of $4,671 from last week) out of a gross potential of $279,396. August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” took in $202,073, up $14,040 from last week.

The 25 musicals totaled $11,679,615 for 82.2% of the Broadway returns, with paid attendance of 205,001 at 74.7% of musical capacity.

The 12 plays totaled $2,521,569 for 17.7% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 55,557 at 62.3% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $49.76 for all shows, $50.23 for musicals and $41.04 for plays.

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