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Biz up; ‘Sundays’ 775g

Totals are similar to the marks for the equivalent week in 2003

Christmas came early for Broadway as receipts rose 6.7% to $16,751,472 during Week 28 (Dec. 6-12), with attendance up 6.3% to 247,005.

Totals are similar to the marks for the equivalent week in 2003 ($16.8 million and 243,151 during Week 29, Dec. 8-14).

Contributing to the rise was Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays,” which got a $156,897 boost to a whopping $775,486, almost $100,000 better than the best week for the 2003 revival of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Average paid admission was a huge $96.53.

New tuner “Little Women” began previews at the Virginia with a solid $550,889 and 84.5% attendance.

While nine returning shows saw decreases, 22 climbed. Other than Crystal’s show, the biggest gainers were “The Phantom of the Opera” (up $94,650 to $699,522) and “42nd Street” (up $90,888 to $811,906).

The 20 musicals grossed $13,403,469 for 80.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 191,280 at 84.6% of capacity.

The 12 plays grossed $3,348,003 for 20.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 55,725 at 70.5% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $70.07 for musicals, $60.08 for plays and $67.82 for all shows.

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