Broadway Box Office Receipts Booming

Broadway boomed last week, with one of its highest grossing spring weeks ever, according to figures released Tuesday by the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Buoyed by an influx of new shows, good weather and vacations by college and high school students, the box office totaled $21.4 million, up nearly 25 percent for the same week last season, the league said.

Five shows — "Jersey Boys," "Monty Python's Spamalot," "The Lion King" "Mamma Mia!" and "The Color Purple" — each grossed over $1 million during the seven-day period ending Sunday.

Broadway also seems to have a new hit with "The History Boys," shaping up as the most potent new play of the season.

Alan Bennett's look at eight British private school students and their teachers opened Sunday to nearly unanimously rave reviews and took in more than $400,000 at the box office the next day, spokesman Jim Byk said Tuesday.

Business was brisk even before "The History Boys" arrived in New York, compiling an advance of more than $3 million, Byk added. Its limited 20-week engagement ends Sept. 3.

The play, which originated at the National Theatre in London in 2004, arrived in New York from a world tour that included Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.