Broadway Grosses: Waiting to Exhale
Broadway producers hold their breaths in anticipation of a Drama Desk or Tony nod.
Here are the top ten highest-grossing shows on Broadway:
1. The Lion King: $1, 864, 611
2. Wicked: $1, 735, 066
3. The Book of Mormon: $1, 675, 558
4. Lucky Guy: $1, 384, 178
5. Motown: The Musical: $1, 213, 611
6. Kinky Boots: $1, 112, 163
7. Matilda: $1, 107, 815
8. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: $1, 033, 279
9. The Phantom of the Opera: $985, 895
10. Cinderella: $943, 353
250,970 people took in a Broadway show last week. The average paid admission was $93.88. The highest average admission was for The Book of Mormon ($191.45) and the lowest was for The Testament of Mary ($37.93). Two shows played to less than half-full houses last week: Ann (40.9%) and Jekyll & Hyde ($47.65%). Don't expect any closing notices just yet, though.
The Drama Desk nominations were announced this morning and the Tony noms will be revealed tomorrow. With that in mind, shows are in a holding pattern until they know whether they will receive some awards-season luster. Producers will often pull out all the stops to keep a nominated show afloat, at least through the actual awards ceremony. Whether a nomination will result in a ticket-sales bump for any of the shows this season remains to be seen.