28 of 33 shows saw grosses go up

Broadway and New York got even hotter last week as the Great White Way earned $17,857,646, setting a new June record (not accounting for inflation) and improving 6.28% on the previous week’s high.

Gross was up about 7% from the same week in 2004, which earned $16.7 million, the biggest June take before this year.

Attendance was up 5.57% from the previous week to 262,682, and up about 4% from last year’s total for the frame, 253,663.

Overall, 28 of 33 shows saw grosses go up. Leading the charge was “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” which went up a whopping $121,444 to $1,003,150, its new personal best. Another huge gainer was “Fiddler on the Roof,” up $97,073 to $531,383.

Four shows shuttered Sunday, and three of them improved: “Mark Twain Tonight” (up $45,630 to $258,461), “La Cage aux Folles” (up $82,325 to $434,141) and “Brooklyn” (up $44,756 to $219,161). “On Golden Pond” dropped $26,140 to $135,912 in its final session, which was without star James Earl Jones, whose illness prompted the show to close.

Other than “Pond,” the only shows that slipped were “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ($236,135), which was down $22,793, and “Wicked” ($1,265,311), “Doubt” ($541,497) and “The Pillowman” ($384,674), all of which decreased negligible amounts.

Shows with notable climbs include “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which rose $64,401 (25%) to $318,016, and “The Constant Wife,” up $52,246 (24%) to $270,727 after its heavily comped opening week.

All other shows had gains under $50,000.

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