Broadway’s “Wicked” earns new record

NEW YORK (AP) – Oz has reclaimed the box office crown on Broadway.The Broadway League reported Wednesday that the nine-year-old “Wicked” took in a whopping $2,947,172 over nine performances last week, which is the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history.It squeaked by the old record – $5,382 more to be exact – set by “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which earned $2,941,790 over nine performances last year during the holidays. Back then, the webslinger had swiped the title from “Wicked.” (For the record, the “Spider-Man” musical earned $2,716,990 last week over nine shows.)Both musicals’ huge hauls reflect the use of premium seating, in which producers charge higher prices for certain days and certain seats. “Wicked” managed to command as much as $300 for a top premium seat – second only to the “Book of Mormon,” which has a top premium of $477. The average paid admission was $181 to “Wicked.”But making its feat more impressive is the fact that it is performed at the Gershwin Theatre, has about 100 seats less than the 1,930-seat Foxwoods Theatre, home of the superhero musical.Continue Reading…

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Broadway’s “Wicked” earns new record

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