Attendance rises on almost every show
Broadway recovered in a big way after Week 23’s decline, with seven shows posting sales of more than $1 million in Week 24 (Nov. 7-13), including 12% jumps in overall receipts and attendance.“Lysistrata Jones” ($35,916), a musical comedy combining basketball and Greek mythology, and the revival of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” ($298,553), toplined by Harry Connick Jr., began previews, while “Bonnie and Clyde” ($415,841) and “Private Lives” ($363,805) expanded to a full eight previews. Even more than the increase in B.O., the health of Broadway can be seen in the attendance numbers posted by almost every show. Only “Follies” ($797,116) and “Relatively Speaking” ($689,420) drew fewer people than in the previous seshes, and only “Follies,” “Man and Boy” and the recently opened and still-catching-on “Chinglish” ($376,837) played to auds of less than 70% of capacity. “Wicked” ($1,646,583) returned to the top of the chart, while “The Book of Mormon” ($1,355,672) continued to be the hottest ticket on the Main Stem, with a seat at the Eugene O’Neill running $154.90 on average. The Rialto total represents a gain of more than $1.2 million over last year despite six fewer productions on the boards. B.O. should continue to rise with continued pleasant weather, as “Godspell,” “Venus in Fur” and “Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway” do away with comps and preview pricing, and “Lysistrata” and “On a Clear Day” expand to full schedules. The 23 musicals grossed $19,125,544 for 80.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 199,973 and an average paid admission of $95.64. The nine plays grossed $4,676,475 for 19.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 57,778 and an average paid admission of $80.94.