B.O. displays Tony boost

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — The Tony nominations pumped up most but not all shows’ B.O. tallies during Week 50 (May 9-15), while some shows that were shut out of the noms increased their receipts regardless.

Thirty-six shows brought in $17,709,673, up $481,562, or 2.8%, from the previous frame. More significant, paid attendance rose to 261,896. Both numbers show marked improvement from 2004’s ($15.1 million; 232,345) and 2003’s ($13.9 million; 215,809) for the early May session.

Overall, there was no major B.O. movement in either direction. “Sweet Charity” ($511,179) came off its heavily comped preem week with another $88,418, performing at 71.5% capacity. Up $85,693, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($790,416) had the room to benefit from its 11 Tony mentions.

Other nominated shows also improved: “Glengarry Glen Ross” ($440,134), up $39,389; “La Cage aux Folles” ($412,331), up $45,016; “The Light in the Piazza” ($388,720), up $59,492; “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” ($377,355), up $63,863; and “Twelve Angry Men” ($271,507), up $47,215 in its final week.

None of those shows, however, had the disadvantage of being previously sold out, which explains the $27,578 decline at “Spamalot” ($849,035), which got hit with all those comped road presenters and Tony voters.

Tony-cited or not, “Julius Caesar” ($635,161), “Doubt” ($447,964) and “The Pillowman” ($405,046) set house records at, respectively, the Belasco, the Walter Kerr and the Booth. The Martin McDonagh drama improved the most, up $24,571. All three played between 90% and 95% capacity.

The 23 musicals grossed $13,284,086 for 75.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 196,508 at 79.0% of capacity.

The 13 plays grossed $4,425,587 for 25.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 65,388 at 71.4% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $67.60 for musicals, $67.68 for plays and $67.62 for all shows.

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