NEW YORK — Is there a new triumvirate in town?
For Week 49 (May 1-7), “Jersey Boys” ($1,004,804) stuck it out as the No. 3 earner on Broadway, a position it first staked out a week earlier. Show remained firmly in place behind “Wicked” ($1,331,209) and “The Lion King” ($1,131,809).
The other usual suspect for the top three, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” was in fifth position behind, of all things, a straight play — albeit the extraordinarily lucrative Julia Roberts starrer “Three Days of Rain.”
The high demand for a ticket to “Jersey Boys” can be judged by the average paid admission, an indicator of how much theatergoers are willing to shell out for a seat. The average for “Jersey” was a robust $103.48, second only to “Three Days of Rain,” at $111.67, thanks to premium-priced tickets snapped up by auds hungry for a glimpse of Julia.
Overall, Broadway biz ($18,780,229) was off around half a million from the previous week, but still strong compared to recent years, thanks in part to an ultra-crowded Rialto with a whopping 37 shows on the boards.
The majority of offerings were down, but not all. “The History Boys” ($607,030) and “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($480,630) continued to build momentum, and the critically panned “Lestat” ($500,878) saw a rise, too.
“The Wedding Singer” ($422,154) also got a bump. Tuner seems a solid candidate for populist success, but with an aud at 65% of capacity, it remains to be seen whether it can overcome mixed reviews to draw real crowds on a highly competitive Rialto.
Playing seven previews, “Tarzan” ($518,310) continued to inch its way up to a full eight-show sked. The musical caps off the season of Tony eligibility when it opens Wednesday.
The 24 musicals grossed $14,486,471 for 77.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 203,308 at 78.8% capacity.
The 13 plays grossed $4,293,758 for 22.9% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 62,759 at 62.7% capacity.
Average paid admission was $71.25 for musicals, $68.42 for plays and $70.58 for all shows.