"Wicked," "Annie" lead families to Broadway
Broadway box office gobbled up coin in week 26 (Nov. 19-25), celebrating Turkey Day with a cornucopia of record-breaking numbers.A dozen shows pulled in more than $1 million each, and two of those topped $2 million. “Wicked” ($2,290,819) logged the highest tally from a single eight-perf week ever, as well as the highest non-Christmas sesh. It also reclaimed the lead spot in the Top 10 from “The Lion King” ($2,125,661, a house record). Meanwhile, the average price paid per ticket at “The Book of Mormon” ($1,801,672, another house record) hit an astounding $205.86. The recently opened revival of “Annie” ($1,499,879) showed the well-known title’s power with family auds, logging its best numbers by far, and breaking a B.O. record at its own theater, the Palace. Solid faves among out-of-towners, including “The Phantom of the Opera” ($1,125,470), “Mary Poppins” ($1,118,687) and “Jersey Boys” ($1,009,048), returned to the millionaires’ club. The only play that really bucked the trend of a musical-enriched week was “Peter and the Starcatcher,” up almost 75% to $540,463, likely benefiting from its link to “Peter Pan.” Overall, the Broadway cume climbed more than $6 million to $27,019,880 for 31 shows, with attendance rising only slightly to 246,464. That’s down compared with the 2011 Thanksgiving tally, which hit around $28.1 million for 34 shows. Attendance that year came in at 269,558. The 21 musicals grossed $22,566,174 for 83.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 196,652 and an average paid admission of $114.75. The 10 plays grossed $4,453,706 for 16.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 49,812 and an average paid admission of $89.41.
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