B.O. rises; ‘Jersey’ 997g

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK Broadway grosses got a springtime boost for Week 41 (March 6-12), rising more than $1.3 million to $15,142,726 for 25 shows on the boards.

Almost every production saw a bump from the previous week, with “The Lion King” ($1,143,674) and “The Producers” ($709,679) stepping up by more than $100,000 each.

“Jersey Boys” ($997,329) just missed the $1 million mark, breaking the house record again at the August Wilson. “The Color Purple” ($966,113), “Rent” ($530,587) and “The Light in the Piazza” ($428,898) each rose by a little less than $100,000, with the aud for “Piazza” expanding by more than 30%.

The week’s most crowded houses belonged to “The Pajama Game” ($394,386), which logged overflow attendance of 101.4%. That put the show just a bit above the 100% reported by perennial sellouts “Wicked” ($1,327,886) and “The Odd Couple” ($901,336).

“Rabbit Hole” ($248,564) and “Ring of Fire” ($205,372) were the only shows to fall off a bit, with the Johnny Cash tuner’s tally dented by a heavily comped opening week.

And “Well” took its first tentative step into fray, taking in just $60,684 for its first four previews.

The 19 musicals grossed $13,009,530 for 85.9% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 177,803 at 89.2% capacity.

The six plays grossed $2,133,196 for 14.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 30,076 at 76.9% capacity.

Average paid admission was $73.17 for musicals, $70.93 for plays and $72.84 for all shows.

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