Biz Rebounds; ‘Love’ 204g

Receipts recovered by a whopping 16.6% during Week 38 (Feb. 13-19), marking a total take of $7,220,506 – highest weekly B.O. score since early January. Attendance jumped 15.2% to 167,487.

“Show Boat” found calmer waters with a big $83,582 leap over the previous week to $841,911. Every show except “Sunset Boulevard” jumped in receipts, and, despite its minor drop, “Sunset” turned in $803,175.

Leading gainers included “Cats,” “Crazy for You,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “Blood Brothers.”

“Love! Valour! Compassion!” opened on Valentine’s Day at the Walter Kerr Theater to good, if not boffo, business.

Lincoln Center Theater’s “The Heiress,” the Circle in the Square’s production of “Uncle Vanya” and the rock ‘n’ roll revue “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” all continued previewing, with the Jerry Zaks-directed musical performing strongest.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $6,358,080, 88% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 138,483 at 91.2% of musical capacity. Plays tallied $862,426,12% of the total, with attendance of 29,004 at 73.0% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $43.11 for all shows, $45.91 for musicals and $29.73 for plays.

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