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NEW YORK – Broadway grosses continued to rise in Week 47 (April 16-22), bringing in a total net of $16,534,864, an increase of 2.9%. Total attendance was 302,723, a rise of 3.3%.

During its opening week “The Producers” took in $867,396 out of a gross potential of $877,338. The SRO show dropped significantly from the prior frame due to press comps, but rave notices and a new top ticket price of $99 (plus a $1 theater restoration charge) will send the grosses skyrocketing soon.

The last entries of the season began previews: “George Gershwin Alone” at the Helen Hayes and “The Gathering” at the Cort. Also opening was “Blast!,” which brought in $415,214 out of a gross potential of $902,406. “Seussical” took a hit as teen idol Aaron Carter took a week off.

The 25 musicals totaled $13,642,647 for 82.5% of the Broadway returns, with paid attendance of 236,978 at 86.5% of musical capacity.

The 12 plays totaled $2,892,217 for 17.4% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 65,745 at 72.9% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $54.62 for all shows, $56.74 for musicals and $42.52 for plays.