Biz Chills; ‘Degrees’ 288g, ‘Shadowlands’ Takes 116g

Broadway boxoffice had the post-holiday blues during week 32 (Jan. 7 to 13), with every show but one registering a slip in receipts.

Total b.o. for the week fell to $4,912,174, down 19.9% from the previous week. The departure of “Gypsy” and “Oh, Kay!” also depleted the roster. Total attendance dropped 14.6% to settle at 133,350.

Only show to trend-buck was “Shadowlands.” Dollar totals for the other shows were down, in large part due to the high New Year’s Eve ticket prices that bolstered the previous week’s take. A Friday night winter storm was at least partially to blame for the chilled b.o.

Only sell-out was the usual “The Phantom Of The Opera.” “Six Degrees Of Separation” came close.

“Piano Lesson,” which posted a Jan. 27 closing notice, slipped only a note or two, while “Cats” took a significant tumble. More than a few shows were below the 60%-capacity point, including “Aspects Of Love,” “Black And Blue,” “Buddy,” “A Few Good Men” and “Shogun.”.

Although receipts were down, attendance at “Those Were The Days,” the English-Yiddish revue at the Edison, was up a tad. “Fiddler On The Roof” netted $543,287, a noticable drop from its previous record-breaking highs but still a strapping figure.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $4,052,276, or 82% of the total boxoffice. Musical attendance was 100,082, a weak 71.2% of potential. At $859,898, plays accounted for the remaining 18% of total boxoffice, while attendance of 33,268 was 73.4% of potential. The average price per ticket was $36.83 for all shows, $40.48 for musicals and $25.84 for plays.

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