B’way dips in autumn slump

'Les Miserables' hits low note

Broadway grosses flagged slightly last week, with the total falling $153,857 to a modest $8,056,958 in the annual early autumn slump. Most of the discrepancy could be ascribed to the unusual fluctuation at “The Lion King.” That show’s receipts were down $110,487 for the week, but only because the prior week boasted an extra performance.

Generally, there was little movement upward or downward last week, with most shows taking modest gains or losses.

Dipping lowest among the tuners was the heavyweight “Les Miserables,” which fell $31,864 to gross $421,589. Also falling off slightly was “The Sound of Music,” which slipped $14,716 to take in $372,454. A similarly modest falloff occurred at the sophomore tuner “Jekyll & Hyde,” which dropped $13,604 to take $366,399.

The season’s start will bring several new straight plays to the stage but for now only two are on the boards. “Art” decreased by $5,899 to take a modest $291,277. The Yasmina Reza comedy now boasts a new imported cast taking over from the starry original trio. “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” which features its own cast of imports, came through the lean week with an uptick of $18,692, grossing $260,765.

The Roundabout Theater Co.’s acclaimed revival of “Cabaret” was among the week’s few gainers, posting a modest increase of $16,583 to welcome a gross total of $276,285. The exits of Tony winners Alan Cumming (who’s on an extended vacation, being replaced by Robert Sella) and Natasha Richardson (whose role is now being played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) haven’t dampened that show’s success. It’s still virtually SRO.

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