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Winter Slate Takes A Dip; ‘Grease’ Staying SRO

The steady slate of 16 shows dipped in receipts and attendance during Week 34 (Jan. 16-22). With all but one show down from the previous week, receipts totaled $6,546,900, a 10.7% slip. Attendance totaled 142,996, down 8.8%.

“Sunset Boulevard” canceled a performance last week – again due to set difficulties – and dropped $103,970, but still pulled 100% capacity.

“Grease” slipped a slight $1,310 but stayed SRO, while the Roundabout Theater Company’s “The Moliere Comedies” played its first full week of previews, registering the only dollar jump of the slate.

Off Broadway transfer “Love! Valour! Compassion!” started previews at the Walter Kerr Theater. The Terrence McNally play is set to open Feb. 14.

Meanwhile, Tony administrators decided against making Oscar Hammerstein eligible for an award for “Show Boat,” despite the efforts of Garth Drabinsky, producer of the popular revival. The Tonys will also, as usual, ignore Off Broadway, this time at Off Broadway’s request.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $6,005,379, 92% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 127,646 at 90.1% of musical capacity. Plays tallied $541,521, 8% of the total, with attendance of 15,350 at 83.3% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $45.78 for all shows, $47.04 for musicals and $35.27 for plays.

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