Biz up; 'Crucible' 633g

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses ascended during Week 43 (March 18-24), rising by 6.1% to $14,237,339 for the 32 shows on the boards. Attendance of 242,873 was up by an equivalent 5.8%.

“The Crucible” saw a hefty B.O. boost. It rose by $$125,225 to $633,988 and played to 93% of capacity. Also surging upward, despite grim reviews, was “Sweet Smell of Success,” gaining $49,201 to $629,269.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” the last new musical of the Broadway season, joined the preview roster at the Marrriott Marquis Theater, while “One Mo’ Time” closed at the Longacre. It rose by $22,911 to $137,594 of a potential $328,892 during its last week.

The 20 musicals grossed $11,143,345 for 78.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 182,064 repping 85.6% of capacity.

The 12 plays grossed $3,093,994 for 21.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 60,809 representing 72.1% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $61.21 for musicals, $50.88 for plays and $58.62 for all shows.

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