Business on Broadway took off in the right direction during week 37 (Feb. 11 to 17), as total receipts climbed 18.3% over the previous week.

Total money for the 19 shows was $4,459,912. Paid attendance was up 15.6% to 126,967. Even accounting for t he two additional productions (the previous week had a 17-show roster), the increased take was fairly evenly divided. Thirteen productions bettered their previous performance, three slid and “The Phantom Of The Opera” held about even.

While “Six Degrees Of Separation” was off-kilter only marginally, “Taking Steps” slipped a tad more. Biggest decline was a 10% drop for the critically wounded “La Bete.” With crowds away and critics hosing, the show seems doomed to an early closing.

Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers” arrived from Washington, D.C., snatching $171,600 for 7 previews. Steve Tesich’s “The Speed Of Darkness,” the first show produced under the Broadway Alliance agreement, began previews at t he Belasco.

Among the sharpest risers were “Aspects Of Love,” up $52,814 to $237,606; “Buddy,” $267,875; “Cats,” $384,526; and “City Of Angels,” $434,357.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $3,402,412, or 76% of the Broadway total. Attendance at the tuners was 81,584, or 79.1% of musical capacity. Plays netted $1,057,500, for the remaining 24% of the total. Play attendance was 45,383, or 68.8% of capacity. The average price per ticket was $35.13 for all shows, $41.70 for musicals and $23.30 for plays.

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