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Broadway grosses

Broadway grosses rebounded in a big way during Week 24 (Nov. 8-14), rising 21.1% to $14,360,874, with attendance up 20.5% to $220,199.

Aiding the cause were three new shows, each with healthy takes. “La Cage aux Folles” pulled in $414,241, while “Pacific Overtures” took $217,160, each in just five previews. Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” pulled in a whopping $492,474 in just four previews as premium tickets sent the average paid admission to $105.18.

Huge gains were seen across the board. “Chicago” (up $110,245 to $561,644) and “42nd Street” (up $105,018 to $692,179) were especially big winners. “Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance” rose $131,346 to $316,074 in moving from four previews to seven, while “Democracy” climbed $107,350 to $380,932 while shifting from five previews to eight. Only three shows saw decreases, all of which were minor.

Figures are still behindthe equivalent week in 2003 (Week 25, Nov. 10-16), in which Broadway grossed $16.1 million and sold 250,000 tickets, albeit with 36 shows as opposed to last week’s 31.

The 20 musicals grossed $11,839,287 for 82.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 175,249 at 79.4% of capacity.

The 11 plays grossed $2,521,587 for 17.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 44,950 at 69.8% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $67.56 for musicals, $56.10 for plays and $65.22 for all shows.

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