Broadway Grosses and Attendance Up in 2004

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Broadway saw an uptick in box office receipts and attendance during the 2004 calendar year, the League of American Theatres and Producers reported Dec. 27.

Twelve months' worth of plays and musical collected a total of $748.9 million in its collective till. That figure is a 3.2 percent improvement over 2003's $725.4 million. Ticketbuyers flocked in increased numbers during the same period. During 2004, 11.3 million tickets were sold, a jump of 2.2. percent, or 230,000 ducats, from the 2003 total.

Contributing to this upswing were such phenomena as Billy Crystal's box office smash 700 Sundays, which took in $600,000 the day after its Dec. 5 opening; the hit Sean Combs revival of A Raisin in the Sun; the unexpected success of the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Twelve Angry Men, which has extended several times; and the consistent performance of such new audience favorites as Wicked and Avenue Q.

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