Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Gotham got hit with 24 hours of sleet last week — but that didn’t keep Broadway auds away.

Most of the 29 shows on the boards rose over the prior week, with total receipts in Week 42 (March 12-18) climbing more than $500,000 to nearly $18.3 million. Last year, the same sesh hit only $16.3 million for 25 shows.

“Mary Poppins” ($1,188,688) saw the biggest jump of the week, up by more than $160,000. Other shows seeing rises of more than $100,000 were “The Lion King” ($1,129,632), “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($829,384), “The Phantom of the Opera” ($780,406) and “Hairspray” ($660,505).

“The Year of Magical Thinking” ($408,604) played its first seven perfs, drawing near-capacity crowds at the Booth Theater.

“Talk Radio” ($267,631) got a nice $80,000 boost in the wake of critical raves for star Liev Schreiber’s perf. But “Journey’s End” ($160,855) played to just over 40% capacity.

As for the previewing musicals: “Curtains” ($653,484) continued to gain steam, while “The Pirate Queen” ($590,497 for seven perfs) was down a bit from the previous seven-perf frame.

Only a handful of shows on the Rialto saw sales dips, most relatively modest — except for “The Producers” ($429,558), down more than $125,000.

The 23 musicals grossed $16,712,595 for 91.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 225,619 at 91.6% capacity.

The five plays grossed $1,583,324 for 8.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 24,806 at 69.3% capacity.

Average paid admission was $74.07 for musicals, $63.83 for plays and $73.06 for all shows.

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