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Week 15 (Sept.4-10) saw falling receipts and attendance for all but two of the 17 Broadway shows, resulting in the lowest return of the season so far. Receipts were down 7.9% to $6,357,010, and paid attendance dropped 9.3% to 136,326.

“Cats” took the biggest hit at the B.O., plunging $113,461 from the previous week. “Grease” was close behind with a $109,156 dive, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” was down $70,952 and “Les Miserables” dipped $58,641.

Two shows made gains: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” picked up $84,689 with Matthew Broderick back on stage, and “Love! Valour! Compassion!” inched up $4,127 as it nears the end of its run.

“Company” played a full week of previews to sold-out houses, but netted $4,455 less than the previous week.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $5,678,107, 89.3% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 114,473 at 82.9% of musical capacity.

Plays did $678,903, 10.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 21,853 at 63.9% of play capacity. Average ticket prices were $46.63 for all shows, $49.60 for musicals and $31.07 for plays.

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