Labor Day weekend saps attendance
The Labor Day weekend was not kind to Broadway, as the backyard and the grill won out over Sardi’s and the tuners. Broadway grosses were down substantially, dropping $1,229,962, to earn an overall take of $8,205,496.The week’s biggest gainer was soon-to-be retooled tuner, “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” upping its take by $35,249 to gross $339,991. The few shows that could say they gained anything at all in this bleak week included:
- “Saturday Night Live” newsman Colin Quinn’s “Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake,” was up a middling $13,417 to take $57,114.
- The veteran tuner “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” enjoyed a modest increase, upping its take to $268,052.
- Irish hit “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” improved its take by $20,564 to secure $258,082 in grosses.