Biz Seesaws; ‘Happy Fella’ 63g, ‘Gatsby’ 22g, ‘Pump Boys’ 35g

The upward trend slowed a bit on the resident circuit during Week 47 (April 22 to 28). Twelve productions on the rise were tempered by the eight that slipped. One show – “Other People’s Money” in Cincinnati – held about even.

Rounding out the roster were three shows that opened: “The Visit” in Chicago, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” in Atlanta and “Pump Boys And Dinettes” in Rochester, Mich. The new productions got off to mostly middling starts.

“The Most Happy Fella” had a fairly good week at East Haddam’s Goodspeed Opera House. In nearby New Haven, business was SRO for “How Do You Like Your Meat?” the quartet of one-acts by Joyce Carol Oates, and the final week’s performances of “The Baby Dance.”

For the most part, Week 47 was only a so-so seven days for the roster’s residents. Included in that majority would be “The Rainmaker” in Allentown, Chicago’s “Lend Me A Tenor” “Another Time,” “Prelude To A Kiss” and “The Great Gatsby,” “Sister Carrie” in Malvern, Pa., and “Tales Of The Lost Formicans” in Philadelphia.

Estimates for last week


Pennsylvania Stage Co. ($21; 274; $32,043).

PW, The Rainmaker (P-R) (4/17/91-5/12/91), $18,439.

Last (2nd) wk, $21,536.


Alliance Theater Co. ($29; 784; $63,692) (7perf).

Last (1st) wk, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (P) (4/23/91-6/2/91), $45,568 (7perf).


Playmakers Repertory Co. ($17.50; 496; $19,223) (6perf).

PW, Pericles (P-R) (4/17/91-5/12/91), $14,532. Last (2nd) wk, $18,756 (6perf).


GoodmanTheater ($19; 683; $44,122) (4pr).

Last (1st) wk, The Visit (P) (4/26/91-6/2/91), $38,019 (4pr).

Royal George Theater ($32.50; 437; $107,065).

PW, Lend Me A Tenor (P) (3/17/91-OE), $78,719.

Last (6th) wk, $70,056.

Steppenwolf Theater ($29.50; 498; $106,323.

PW, Another Time (P) (3/27/91-5/19/91), $82,586.

Last (5th) wk, $85,585.

Wellington Theater ($32.50; 499; $119,760).

PW, Prelude To A Kiss (P) (2/20/91-OE), $64,423.

Last (10th) wk, $55,682.

Wisdom Bridge ($26.50; 196; $34,692).

PW, The Great Gatsby (P) (4/6/91-5/26/91), $16,390 (7perf).

Last (4th) wk, $22,483.


Cincinnati Playhouse, Marx Theater ($27.50; 629; $94,000).

PW, Other People’s Money (P) (4/16/91-5/12/91), $75,706 (lpr, 8perf).

Last (2nd) wk, $75,081.


Cleveland Play House, Bolton Theater ($25; 612; $70,569) (7perf).

PW, Assinia (M) (4/9/91-5/19/91), $65,430.

Last (3rd) wk, $58,666 (7perf).


Goodspeed Opera House ($27.50; 398; $75,330).

PW, The Most Happy Fella (M) (4/17/91-7/12/91), $60,389.

Last (2nd) wk, $63,644.


People’s Light and Theater Co., Mainstage ($24; 368; $31,771) (6perf).

PW, Sister Carrie (M) (3/27/91-6/9/91) $16,874 (5perf).

Last (5th) wk, $19,379 (6perf).

People’s Light and Theater Co., Stage II ($24; 200; $18,597) (6perf).

PW, Banjo Dancing (M-So) (2/9/91-4/28/91) $13,050 (6perf).

Last (10th, final) wk, $15,625 (6perf).


George St. Playhouse ($26; 367; $38,500).

PW, The Root (P) (4/9/91-4/28/91), $39,331.

Last (3rd, final) wk, $33,364.


Long Wharf Theater, Schenck Stage ($24-$29; 487; $71,600).

PW, The Baby Dance (P) (3/12/91-4/28/91), $73,286.

Last (7th, final) wk, $77,033.

Long Wharf Theater, Stage II ($24-$29; 199; $27,507).

PW, How Do You Like Your Meat? (P) (4/12/91-5/26/91), $26,955.

Last (3rd) wk, $29,245.


Philadelphia Drama Guild ($29.50; 944; $102,986).

PW, Tales Of The Lost Formicans (P) (4/19/91-5/12/91), $30,425.

Last (2nd) wk, $59,894.

Walnut St. Theater ($31; 1,052; $144,215).

PW, How It Was Done In Odessa (M) (4/6/91-5/12/91), $112,039.

Last (4th) wk, $111,649.


Pittsburgh Public Theater ($28; 452; $68,729) (7perf).

PW, Lay Of The Land (P) (4/11/91-5/19/91), $50,097 (7perf).

Last (3rd) wk, $55,849 (7perf).


Meadow Brook Theater at Oakland U. ($25; 608; $53,875) (lpr, 5perf).

Last (1st) wk, Pump Boys And Dinettes (P) (4/25/91-5/19/91), $35,420 (lpr, 5perf).


American Conservatory Theater, Stagedoor Theater ($29; 555; $102,636).

PW, Dark Sun (P) (4/11/91-6/2/91), $41,344 (6perf).

Last (3rd) wk, $56,518.


Empty Space Theater ($13-$18; 150; $7,719) (7perf).

PW, Unkle Tomm’s Cabin (P) (4/3/91-5/25/91), $9,365 (7perf).

Last (4th) wk, $5,789 (7perf).

Seattle Group Theater ($12-$16; 185; $13,069) (6perf).

PW, It’s A Girl! (P) (4/4/91-4/28/91), $10,218 (7perf).

Last (4th, final) wk, $8,207 (6perf).

Seattle Repertory Theater ($22-$23.50; 856; $121,676).

PW, Conversations With My Father (P) (4/17/91-5/18/91), $108,361 (3pr, 6perf).

Last (2nd) wk, $106,665.

Reading the Resident Grosses

Parenthetic designations for resident theaters are the same as for Broadway and the road, except that (ST) denotes a stock policy and (R) indicates a repertory schedule, (PK) stands for a touring package, (LP) indicates a local production and (rev) revivals except tryout (TR).

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