Biz Takes A Leap

With two new shows in previews and the bulk of the 24-show slate taking jumps during Week 41 (March 6-12), receipts were up by 8.2%, totaling $7,654,843. Paid attendance was 186,818, a 10.3% leap.

All but six shows reported improvements for the week. Newcomer “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” had a $64,663 increase.

“Sunset Boulevard,” minus a vacationing Glenn Close, took the biggest hit $67,816 off its previous week.

“The Heiress” opened on March 9 at the Cort Theater. “Translations” and “How to shows Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” began previews.

Eight months after other shows started upping their prices, “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Miss Saigon” and “Les Miserables” followed suit. Top tickets to the tuners now run $67.50.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $6,438,554,84% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 145,059 at 84.7% of musical capacity. Plays tallied $1,216,289,16% of the total, with attendance of 41,759 at 69.2% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $40.97 for all shows, $44.38 for musicals and $29.05 for plays.

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