Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Until the Tony nominations on May 10, Broadway marks time after coming off the three-week bounty of an extended spring break. During Week 46 (April 11-17), 37 shows brought in a seasonal $17,580,562. Twenty productions experienced some slippage (none major), but the total tally was up $827,906, or 4.94%.

Most of the uptick came from four shows that either started previews or increased their number of perfs:

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” ($197,467) put in its first five previews. At long last, “Sweet Charity” ($313,884) did its first full week of eight previews with Charlotte d’Amboise; Christina Applegate took over opening night.

Also in previews, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($758,322) rose $131,777 as it went from seven to eight perfs. Up $119,507, “Glengarry Glen Ross” ($313,949) performed eight after the previous session’s four.

Broadway’s other big gainer was “The Pillowman” ($332,150), which did not increase perfs but came off its preem week $115,326 stronger and playing to 80% capacity.

“Doubt” ($412,299) also continued to grow, up $27,441 and playing to 87.6% capacity.

Likewise, new revivals “Steel Magnolias” ($282,836) and “On Golden Pond” ($202,823) made more hay, up $42,067 and $33,164, respectively.

A May 1 closing notice pumped another $11,769 into “Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance” ($166,098).

In a class by itself, “Julius Caesar” ($603,471) with Denzel Washington had its best week to date. Receipts increased $42,639 as capacity grew to 93.5%.

Pundits predicted “Spamalot” ($886,316), down $5,213, would puncture the box office for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($753,796), up $5,957. Amazingly, there appears to be room for both near the top. “Scoundrels” performed at 87.2% with a nice $75.31 for its average price ticket, which is not far off the $75.88 for “Spamalot,” doing 101.3% cap at the Shubert.

The 23 musicals grossed $13,106,099 for 74.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 197,225 at 77.9% of capacity.

The 14 plays grossed $4,474,463 for 25.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 70,311 at 68.4% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $66.45 for musicals, $63.64 for plays and $65.71 for all shows.

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