NEW YORK — Broadway grosses continued to rise over Week 21 (Oct. 16-22), as tourists began to trickle back to the city and the fall legit season began to ramp up in earnest.
Things are looking good for “Mary Poppins” ($816,265), which opened its umbrella and floated up into the top 10; it did only six perfs last week, but played to auds at 95% of capacity.
“A Chorus Line” ($819,383) also seems to be building momentum, breaking the $800,000 mark for the first time since it began perfs Sept. 18, and playing to nearly 100% capacity.
Meanwhile, thanks to discounting and papering, “The Times They Are a-Changin'” ($359,903) reported crowds of 100% (but an average ticket price of around $53), packing in auds for the week before the Bob Dylan-Twyla Tharp dance-ical opens Thursday.
Among the Rialto’s other recent entries, “Butley” ($419,559) fell off a bit thanks to its press weekend, while “Grey Gardens” ($365,346) gained some ground in its third week of previews.
In its initial week on the boards at Lincoln Center, the first installment of Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia” brought in $280,898 for a six-perf frame. (Seven were skedded originally, but one was canceled due to Richard Easton’s onstage collapse Oct. 18.)
Elsewhere below the top 10, “Chicago” ($583,867) continued its post-Usher slide, which might be counteracted when publicity for the show’s upcoming 10th anni kicks in.
Otherwise, the Broadway roster had some ups and downs, but most shows still posted solid numbers — even last-place occupant “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” ($64,725) was up.
Total sales rang in at a hearty $17,168,754, up about $700,000 from the prior sesh.
The 22 musicals grossed $15,989,401 for 93.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 203,432 at 87.6% capacity.
The five plays grossed $1,179,353 for 6.9% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 20,774 at 73.3% capacity.
Average paid admission was $78.60 for musicals, $56.77 for plays and $76.58 for all shows.