Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Great News! The Tonys boost Broadway box office!

We here at Applause are extremely happy that the Tony Awards gave the Broadway box office a huge boost last week, with sales rising for all Broadway shows.

The 10 Tony Awards for "Billy Elliot" ($1,401,380), including Best Musical, helped the show increase in sales by 11%, an impressive showing for a musical already regularly grossing well over 1 million a week. The show also was said to have sold more than $3 million in advance sales last week as well.
"Billy" nudged past "West Side Story" ($1,369,283) into the No. 2 slot behind "Wicked" ($1,572,092), while Best Musical revival winner "Hair" ($1,062,416) broke the $1 million mark as well as the house record at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.

Best New play winner "God of Carnage" ($953,570), meanwhile, continued to sell as well or better than most of the musicals, a rare feat. Best Play revival winner "The Norman Conquests" ($294,759), a tough sell as a British trilogy with no big-name stars, also rose, but has yet to really find its audience.
In dollars, the largest boost of the week was by "Shrek the Musical" ($879,468), up more than $180,000 with its great showing on the Tony telecast. "9 to 5" ($822,192), which appeared prominently in the broadcasts opening number, rose about 10%.
After winning 3 Tony Awards including score and best actress (for Alice Ripley), a very small scale musical "Next to Normal" ($437,252) (my personal favorite best musical) posted its best gross so far, and "Rock of Ages" ($595,771) climbed by almost 30% following its Tony appearances.

Also contributing to Broadway's big boom was the last-minute business for the four shows that closed on Sunday, all up by more than $100,000 each. "Exit the King" ($645,886) and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" ($451,420), both of which nabbed acting Tony's, saw business go up, as did "Guys and Dolls" ($570,937) and "Reasons to Be Pretty" ($261,639).
Overall Broadway sales rose $2.4 million to about $22.1 million for 32 shows currently on Broadway, up nearly 12%. The prior year's tally climbed 8% to $20.5 million, with this year's attendance of 271,068 for the week slightly below the 275,000 in 2008.

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