B.O. busy; Billy’s boffo

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Maybe Broadway is making up for a lackluster autumn on its run to the season’s finish. In Week 51 (May 16-22), 35 shows brought in a record-setting $18,748,805 for the mid-May time frame, as receipts shot up $1,039,132 or 5.87% from the previous week. Paid attendance came to 273,074, well above levels set in 2003 and ’04.

Big news for the week was Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” ($1,061,688), which set an all-time high for a nonmusical on Broadway. Receipts were up a huge $300,276, the result of a $110.55 average-price ticket and the star’s first full eight-perf week at the Broadhurst Theater. It had been announced as Crystal’s final session, which, until further notice, now is set for June 7-12.

The remainder of Broadway’s $1.03 million uptick was spread pretty evenly over 31 other shows that grew at the B.O. Only “Wicked” ($1,243,774), “Fiddler on the Roof” ($466,933) and “La Cage aux Folles” ($398,963) saw minor dips in dollars.

Beyond Billy, “Sweet Charity” ($595,964) grew the most, up $84,785 and playing to 81.9% capacity.

Thanks to premium-price tix, “Julius Caesar” ($651,215) topped its gross potential by about $12,000 and set a house record at the Belasco. “Doubt” ($503,351) and “The Pillowman” ($415,158) also set house records.

Beyond the Bard, “Glengarry Glen Ross” ($448,078) easily emerged as the top-grossing play revival, its receipts up $7,944.

The 23 musicals grossed $14,003,066 for 74.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 206,301 at 83.0% of capacity.

The 12 plays grossed $4,745,739 for 25.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 66,773 at 74.1% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $67.88 for musicals, $71.07 for plays and $68.66 for all shows.

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