Sesh steady as summer settles in
NEW YORK — Looks like “A Little Night Music” is benefiting from its latest batch of reviews: The tuner revival saw weekly sales jump a whopping 26% in Week 11 (Aug. 2-8).Re-reviews for new topliners Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch goosed demand for “Night Music” (up almost $115,000 to $543,076). Otherwise, it was a steady sesh along the Rialto. Most shows posted unremarkable gains, while a handful logged losses of similarly little note. Overall Main Stem sales were down around $550,000 to $19.6 million for 24 shows on the boards. Most of the shortfall can be attributed to the exit of “Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway,” which ended its brief but well-sold limited engagement the prior frame. Tony victor “Memphis” ($923,397) inched back up toward the million-dollar mark, but so far “The Addams Family” ($1,232,598) and “Promises, Promises” ($1,148,946) have remained the top sellers of last season’s additions to the Rialto. Fellow 2009-10 entries “Fela!” ($482,518) and “Million Dollar Quartet” ($439,631), on the other hand, could use a boost, with “Quartet” logging attendance of about 55% of capacity. The week’s total sales were about the same vs. the same frame in 2009, but attendance was up a bit, to 217,085. The 22 musicals grossed $18,912,218 for 96.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 207,580 at 85.7% capacity and average paid admission of $91.11. The three two plays grossed $650,205 for 3.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 9,505 at 57.8% capacity and average paid admission of $68.41. Average paid admission was $90.11 for all shows.