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Even with Christmas falling on a Sunday and many Broadway shows going to a seven-performance week, non one’s complaining of coal in Times Square, as ticket sales added up to $35.8 million, $5.4 million more than a year ago – that’s an 18% jump.
You can chalk most of that up to this year’s super holiday prices, led by Hello, Dolly! ($996), Springsteen on Broadway ($850) and Hamilton ($849). (Tickets during this week’s run-up to New Year’s Eve will soar even higher.)
The five top-grossing musicals were:
• Hamilton ($3.8 million at the Nederlander Organization’s Richard Rodgers; $353.06 average ticket)
• The Lion King ($2.7 million at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff; $197.98)
• Springsteen on Broadway ($2.4 million for 5 performances at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Walter Kerr; $508.66)
• Hello, Dolly! ($2.3 million at the Shubert; $199.02)
• Wicked ($2.2 million at the Nederlanders’ Gershwin; $145.02)
The five top-grossing plays were:
• Meteor Shower ($812.7K for seven performances at the Shuberts’ Booth; $151.01 average ticket)
• Farinelli and the King ($812.1K for seven performances at the Shuberts’ Belasco; $112.91)
• The Parisian Woman ($520.4K at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson; $94.04)
• The Play That Goes Wrong ($446.3K at the Shuberts’ Lyceum; $90.44
• Latin History For Morons ($426.7K for seven performances at the Roundabout’s Studio 54; $89.07)
Total receipts for Week 31 of the 2017-2018 Broadway season were $35.79 million for 32 shows, according to the trade group Broadway League. Average ticket price for all shows was $146.12, up from $133.61 in Week 30.