Broadway Grosses

Broadway maintained its spring bloom in Week 44 (March 26-April 1), with receipts boosted by well-attended new play offerings as well as growing biz for new tuners.

Kevin Spacey starrer “A Moon for the Misbegotten” hit an impressive $400,224 for five perfs, while another London import, “Frost/Nixon” ($52,085), played its one and only preview of the week at just a few seats below capacity.

Among tuners, the recently opened “Curtains” ($754,916) rose into the top 10, despite accommodating a round of second-night press comps. And “The Pirate Queen” ($663,264) also gained some wind in its sails.

“Les Miserables” ($665,549) had a particularly strong week, playing to 100% capacity, as did “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($908,385), “Curtains” and the top three, “Wicked” ($1,392,168), “The Lion King” ($1,193,494) and “Jersey Boys” ($1,154,445).

“The Year of Magical Thinking” ($335,730) saw the frame’s biggest dip thanks to a heavily comped opening week. Also down were “Spring Awakening” ($517,563), “Grey Gardens” ($328,779) and “Company” ($253,502), among others.

Still, overall receipts were up, totaling nearly $19.3 million (compared with $18.9 million the prior sesh).

Jewish holiday Passover has in the past prompted a dip in grosses. But that’s occurred less often in recent years, and with this year’s holiday falling on a Monday (when many shows are dark) and “Legally Blonde” beginning previews, grosses seem likely to continue to climb.

The 24 musicals grossed $16,956,148 for 88.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 225,651 at 87.0% capacity.

The eight plays grossed $2,320,007 for 12.0% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 33,612 at 74.2% capacity.

Average paid admission was $75.14 for musicals, $69.02 for plays and $74.35 for all shows.

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