NEW YORK — Broadway grosses climbed during the penultimate week of the 2002-2003 season. The total take of $15,741,267 was up by a healthy 13%, with attendance of 246,722 climbing by a still sharper 14.3%.
But the attendance figure was down slightly from last year and a big 30,000 from the same frame in 2000.
Tony noms, announced May 12, could account for some of the general B.O. boom.
Biggest jump came at the almost universally acclaimed “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which rose by $153,270 to $592,633 and played to 97% capacity.
“Les Miserables” ended its run of more than 15 years with a downtick — largely due to last-night fete comps. It grossed a big $803,296 in its last week on Broadway.
But most major tuners, new and old, saw big increases. “Thoroughly Modern Millie” jumped by $110,162 to $687,992.
The 22 musicals grossed $12,938,358 for 82.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 195,139 at 81.1% of capacity.
The 10 plays grossed $2,802,909 for 17.8% of capacity, with attendance of 51,583 at 70.1% of capacity.