Tickets benefit from lack of distractions
NEW YORK Broadway bounced back in Week 24 (Nov. 2-8), with sales on the upswing following a frame in which B.O. was hobbled by distractions that included Halloween, the New York Marathon and the World Series.Total Rialto sales stepped up nearly $2.3 million for 31 shows on the boards. Overall attendance came in at 81%, down a bit from the 82% logged last year at this time (not counting unreported attendance at now-shuttered “Young Frankenstein”). In a week when nearly every individual production on the boards got a bump, “Shrek the Musical” ($725,207) and “Finian’s Rainbow” ($556,349) got the steepest relative boosts. The only production to see receipts fall off was “God of Carnage” ($886,206), because the show, which alternates between eight-perf and seven-perf weeks, played one of its seven-perf seshes. The 23 musicals grossed $15,744,944 for 77% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 186,294 at 80.8% capacity and average paid admission of $84.52. The nine plays grossed $4,694,353 for 23% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 55,775 at 78.4% capacity and average paid admission of $84.17. Average paid admission was $84.44 for all shows.