Passover, Easter bring boost to Broadway
Passover and Easter overlapped with spring break this year to give a big boost to Broadway B.O. in week 45 (March 29-April 4), with total sales shooting up by a hefty 18%.The overlapping holidays brought an influx of visitors to Gotham and to the Main Stem. Overall Broadway receipts came in at $24.5 million for 33 shows on the boards, up about $3.7 million from the prior frame. “A View From the Bridge” ($988,455) –the successful revival that has contributed a hefty sum of coin to the pot over the past several weeks — went out on a high note, breaking a box office record for the Cort Theater. “Promises, Promises” ($987,073 for seven perfs) continued to sell robustly, playing to 98% capacity. The 24 musicals grossed $20,872,264 for 85.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 233,995 at 91.3% capacity and average paid admission of $89.20. The nine plays grossed $3,581,757 for 14.6% of the total, with attendance of 52,356 at 78.9% capacity and average paid admission of $68.41. Average paid admission was $85.40 for all shows.