Broadway brighter at end of September

Previews up coin in week 18

With the addition of two more productions to the Rialto in week 18, a hefty lineup of eight previewing shows contributed new coin to the Broadway cume. The freshman made the final sesh of September, usually one of Broadway’s darkest months, a little brighter.

Among the incumbent, those ones that experienced the biggest post-Labor Day drops reported the most significant gains — “Shrek the Musical” ($552,808) climbed by 22%, “In the Heights” ($688,750) by 19%. “Mary Poppins” ($601,729) climbed by 14%.

The 19 musicals grossed $14,331,643 for 80.3% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 169,095 at 84.4% capacity and average paid admission of $84.75.

The seven plays grossed $3,525,064 for 19.7% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 41,978 at 81.5% capacity and average paid admission of $83.97.

Average paid admission was $84.60 for all shows.

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