'Back on Broadway' among hottest tickets in town
Most Broadway shows saw sales slip in Week 25 (Nov. 14-20). And then there was Hugh Jackman.Boosted by star power and critical raves, demand for tickets for “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” ($1,468,189) reached a fervor similar to “The Book of Mormon” ($1,367,805). Average price of a ducat was close — $153 for “Jackman,” $156 for “Mormon.” Shows that improved over the frame included Harry Connick Jr. starrer “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” ($742,449 for seven previews), and a quartet of recently opened offerings — “Other Desert Cities” ($535,058), “Godspell” ($383,975), “Venus in Fur” ($370,602) and Kim Cattrall starrer “Private Lives” ($371,370). In advance of the travel spike over the Thanksgiving holiday, long one of the most profitable frames on Broadway,overall sales took a typical breath, slipping about $875,000 to almost $23 million for the 34 shows on the boards. Attendance was down by about 6,750 to roughly 250,000, which repped 77% capacity. The 24 musicals grossed $18,496,940 for 80.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 196,123 and an average paid admission of $94.31. The 10 plays grossed $4,427,418 for 19.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 54,860 and an average paid admission of $80.70.
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