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B.O. Steady; ‘Gypsy’ 267g, ‘Lucifer,’ ‘Steps’ Bow Out

Broadway boxoffice held a steady pace during Week 47 (April 22 to 28), with receipts slipping by a negligible 1% and attendance up a minuscule 0.2% from the previous week.

In all, the 21 shows netted $5,795,926. The 13 productions that reported receipt drops were balanced by the eight that made jumps. Paid attendance for all the shows was 165,803.

Despite the week’s even keel, two shows dropped their final curtains. “Taking Steps” closed after a two-month run at Circle In The Square. “Lucifer’s Child” would have needed a pact with Dad to survive its reviews: The Julie Harris-starrer closed after a meager 28-performance run.

Both of the previewing shows – “The Will Rogers Follies” and the Broadway Alliance’s “Our Country’s Good” – were up. The reprise of last season’s hit “Gypsy,” starring Tyne Daly, improved during its mostly-preview week (the tab includes opening night). The week’s other opener, “The Secret Garden,” slipped a bit, most likely because of papered press nights.

Of the eight shows that reported b.o. boosts, most were either new productions (“Gypsy,” “Miss Saigon,” “Our Country’s Good,” “The Will Rogers Follies”) or the two departing shows.

The two risers that fell into neither category were the soldout “The Phantom Of the Opera” and the slightly improved “Jackie Mason: Brand New.” Latter was up by just over $1,000.

Falling hardest were “Fiddler On The Roof,” “I Hate Hamlet” and, to lesser extents, “Penn & Teller,” “Six Degrees Of Separation” and “Once On This Island.”

Receipts for the 12 musicals totaled $4,555,757 for 79% of the Broadway total. Attendance at the tuners was 115,238, or 80.4% of musical capacity. Play-goers added up to 50,565, representing 70.9% of play capacity. Play receipts totaled $1,240,169 for 21% of the total. The average price per ticket was $34.96 for all shows, $39.53 for musicals and $24.53 for plays.

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