NEW YORK — The Broadway grosses rocketed to a record for the year during Week 32 (Dec. 29-Jan. 4). B.O. was up by 6.8% to $20,449,860. Attendance of 267,711 climbed by 6.9% from the prior frame.
Some boosted ticket prices for New Year’s perfs helped add to the bounty. “The Producers” set a new weekly gross record for Broadway with a take of $1.6 million. Show was up by more than $500,000 for the first week of the return of original stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.
Most musicals gained some luster for the holiday week, but plays didn’t get much of a boost, with the exception of “Henry IV” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” A trio of shows shuttered.
The 22 musicals grossed $17,956,076 for 87.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 226,275 at 93.3% of capacity.
The eight plays grossed $2,493,784 for 12.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 41,436 at 75.4% of capacity.
Average ticket prices were $79.36 for musicals, $60.18 for plays and $76.39 for all shows.