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Straight plays take big post-Easter hit

Easter’s departure has left Broadway in a sugar coma, with gross receipts last week falling $1,302,604 to $12,863,108 for the week of April 20-26.

Hardest hit were straight plays. “Golden Child,” the David Henry Hwang play, is said to be operating at a loss. Last week it dropped $6,197, grossing only $78,360 — just 22% of its potential of $354,220.

“Ah, Wilderness!” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” managed to rake in less than 50% of their potential grosses. “Wilderness,” a revival of the Eugene O’Neill play, was largely flat, managing an uptick of $1,810, to gross $183,984 of a potential $445,000. “Diary” slipped $83,223 from the previous week, to gross $168,646 of a potential $402,861.

While critically roasted, the Quentin Tarantino-Marisa Tomei starrer “Wait Until Dark” is holding its own. Although the play last week dropped $43,297 from the previous week to $354,608, it was still steaming along at 86% of its possible gross of $412,104, and insiders say it will be profitable well ahead of schedule.

Tuners, too, took it on the chin, with “The Sound of Music,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Cats” and “Beauty and the Beast” all taking six-figure plunges: “Sound” dropped $169,253 from the previous week, taking in $589,211 of a possible $738,225. “Pimpernel” was down $102,708 to gross $502,840 of a potential $832,827. “Cats” slipped $108,865 to gross $439,158 of a possible $806,185. And “Beast” fell $106,958 to gross a still-healthy $608,177 of a potential $735,726.

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