Holiday Boosts B.O.

The 26-show Broadway roster scored big during Week 26 (Nov. 20-26), with receipts totaling $10,797,413, the highest take yet this year and a hefty 15.5% increase over the previous week. Paid attendance jumped 7.6% to 216,185.

Virtually every show saw gains during the Thanksgiving week, with several shows netting B.O. increases in the six-figure range: “Cats,” “Crazy for You,” “Grease,” “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon” and “Show Boat.” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” topped the list with an astounding $207,114 spike during Matthew Broderick’s final week on stage.

Only three shows saw slight losses during the previous week, including “Patti LuPone on Broadway,” which closed out a two-month run at the Walter Kerr after slipping $37,815 but playing to SRO houses.

“School for Scandal” continued to stumble, netting a scant $54,449,20% of its potential, and playing to small audiences.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $8,797,486,81.5% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 164,966 at 93.4% of musical capacity.

Plays did $1,999,927,18.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 51,219 at 69.7% of play capacity. Average ticket prices were $49.95 for all shows, $53.33 for musicals and $39.05 for plays.

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