B.O. recedes

The Broadway roster came back down to earth during Week 27 (Nov. 27-Dec. 3), in the wake of the Thanksgiving week boom. Receipts for the 25 shows totaled $9,435,025, down 12.6% from the previous week, and paid attendance fell 9.4% to 195,889.

“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” fell off a whopping $183,278, but still netted respectable returns during its first week with John Stamos in the lead. “Cats” was down $175,407, “Miss Saigon” plummeted $157,697, “Les Miserables” dropped $115,474 and “Grease” dipped $101,077.

Only a handful of shows saw small gains, including “Master Class,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Racing Demon.”

“Company” ended a strong run at the Roundabout/Criterion, improving $14,885 during its final week and playing to sold-out houses.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $7,447,866,78.9% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 141,458 at 83.1% of musical capacity.

Plays did $1,987,159,21.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 54,431 at 73.6% of play capacity. Average ticket prices were $48.17 for all shows, $52.65 for musicals and $36.51 for plays.

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