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Broadway grosses

NEW YORK – Broadway grosses skyrocketed in Week 46 (April 9-15), bringing in a total net of $16,068,527, an increase of 21.9%. Total attendance was 292,842, up 20.3%.

Most musicals saw major boosts as spring break brought tourists to the city and the roster recovered from the traditional dip during the first week of Daylight Savings Time.

Among the shows showing the strongest jumps was “Seussical,” which leapt up by $244,258 to $625,557, an indication that visiting families may be giving the show a warmer welcome than New Yorkers. Also up by more than $200,000 were a trio of previewing shows: “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “Blast” and “42nd Street.” Plays “King Hedley II” and “The Gathering” also began previews.

The only show to drop significantly was “Annie Get Your Gun,” which fell by $167,256 to $585,378 as star Reba McEntire took a week off.

The 25 musicals totaled $13,511,987 for 84% of the Broadway returns, with paid attendance of 234,207 at 85.1% of musical capacity.

The 11 plays totaled $2,556,540 for 15.9% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 58,635 at 72% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $54.87 for all shows, $56.57 for musicals and $42.65 for plays.

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