'Mountaintop,' 'Follies' in Broadway top 10
Broadway continued to sled down the slopes of January doldrums in week 34 (Jan. 16-22), as sales at most productions declined, and two shows ended their runs.Each of those shuttering productions, “Follies” ($878,880) and “The Mountaintop” ($693,128), took advantage of the week’s lowered sales bar to claim a spot in the top 10. In a rare turn, “Mountaintop” became one of two plays on the tuner-dominated chart, alongside “War Horse” ($960,191). Also in the top 10, the recently opened “Porgy and Bess” ($878,884) continued to log encouraging sales, with the revival upticking even in the midst of the winter slowdown. Meanwhile, although “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” ($1,319,824) didn’t close, the frame was the last for star Darren Criss, who pulled in weekly sales of more than $1.3 million three frames in a row. Almost every production logged a decline. The Broadway cume fell approximately $1.6 million to $19.3 million for the 28 shows on the boards, with overall attendance coming in at 78%. The week’s tally is well ahead of the same frame’s receipts in 2011, but last year’s $12.3 million was for only 19 total shows. The past week’s 19 musicals grossed $15,597,013 for 80.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 169,104 and an average paid admission of 92.23 The nine plays grossed $3,748,300 for 19.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 50,641 and an average paid admission of 74.02.
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