Hugh Jackman Sets Record On Broadway
February 12, 2012 by staff
Hugh Jackman Sets Record On Broadway, For the first time in its ongoing 11th month Broadway run, “The Book of Mormon” topped the box office last week. The show, which has been widely successful, had been kept out of the top spot for highest-grossing show in a single week by long-running hits like “The Lion King” and “Wicked.”
“The Book of Mormon” has typically been kept out of the top spot because it has hundreds of fewer seats to sell than the other two commercial hits, but took over the number one position because of premium ticket pricing.
Over the past week, the musical by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone earned a total of $1,455,329, while “Wicked” earned $1,349,433 and “The Lion King” totaled $1,226,681.” “The Lion King” actually fell into fourth position behind “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which grossed $1,268,002.
To compare ticket prices, the average ticket sold for “The Book of Mormon” last week was $166.29, while the average for “Wicked” was $102.87. “The Lion King” tickets averaged $104.66, while Spider-Man” was at $93.14. The highest priced ticket for “The Book of Mormon” was $477, which was higher than any other show currently running on Broadway.
Earlier this year, the Telegraph reported that the average ticket price for “The Book of Mormon” was $178. The same week that number was reported, “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” set a Broadway record with an average price of $190.65.
The Eugene O’Neill Theatre, where “The Book of Mormon” is staged, seats 1,066, while the theatre for “Wicked” has 1,809 seats.
“The Book of Mormon” won nine Tony Awards at last year’s ceremony, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Parker and Stone co-wrote the book, lyrics and music of the religious satire with Robert Lopez, best known for his work on “Avenue Q.” The production opened on March 24 of last year, after previews started on February 24.
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