B'way grosses up nearly $2 mil
NEW YORK — Total Broadway grosses jumped by nearly $2 million in Week 24 (Nov. 6-12), hitting a healthy $19.3 million.
Figures had dipped from the prior frame thanks to the annual dropoff caused by the daylight saving time change. Last year — before the $110 top ticket price was as prevalent as it is today — the same post-daylight saving rally hit $17.7 million.
“Monty Python’s Spamalot” saw a surge in biz, and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” added a 12th perf to its packed sked and swelled by more than $200,000.
Julianne Moore’s Broadway debut attracted crowds, with the first four previews of “The Vertical Hour” pulling 97% capacity auds.
Among other previewing shows, “Company” gained some steam, while “Voyage,” the first part of “The Coast of Utopia” trilogy at Lincoln Center, cut down to three well-sold perfs in order to accommodate rehearsals for the second part of Tom Stoppard’s epic.
As for recently opened Rialto offerings, “Les Miserables” brought in $653,764 for its opening week (an improvement from the dip it saw the previous sesh), and “Grey Gardens” continued to build momentum.
“The Wedding Singer,” set to close at the end of the year, saw an unusually large jump of more than $130,000, and “The Producers” recovered somewhat from a particularly bad frame the prior week.
The 25 musicals grossed $17,708,290 for 92.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 226,440 at 82.2% capacity.
The seven plays grossed $1,590,835 for 8.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance at 26,530 with 71.6% capacity.
Average paid admission was $78.20 for musicals, $59.96 for plays and $73.97 for all shows.