Few Broadway shows saw sales rise drastically last week, but most of them were up, with total cume for 24 productions on the boards climbing about $375,000 to $14.3 million.
“Mary Poppins” ($884,744) got the largest bump of the week, stepping up more than $85,000, while “Spring Awakening” (up almost $70,000 to $667,131) and “The Drowsy Chaperone” (rising more than $60,000 to $507,312) also logged noteworthy upticks in sales.
Among the seven shows to slide last week, most saw negligible shortfalls, with the exceptions being “The Color Purple,” which fell more than $75,000 to $733,073, and “The Phantom of the Opera,” down more than $55,000 to $570,540. “Grease” ($719,404) slowed by about $30,000.
The Roundabout’s revival of “Pygmalion” ($287,129) went from four perfs the prior frame to a full week of eight shows last week and had $145,000 more to show for it, while among other previewing plays, “The Ritz” ($281,112) rose a bit and “Mauritius” ($186,793) was down slightly over a weekend of press perfs.
The real shakeup to autumn sales on Broadway will come next week, when “Young Frankenstein” begins previews Oct. 11 — and legiters will scramble to find out sales tallies for the Mel Brooks tuner, producers of which have decided not to report grosses.