Not quite like a British Airways commercial where dogs in deserted streets bark, “Where is everybody?!?” Broadway was still down sharply in attendance and revenue last week. The height of the tourist season saw virtually every show fall significantly in gross receipts, with the total take down $455,472 at $10,368,688.
Hardest hit was Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which slipped $75,044 to gross $618,551 last week. Also battered was ‘Titanic,” which dipped $63,778 to take 472,668 last week, as well as a trio of usually unassailable hits: “Miss Saigon,” Phantom of the Opera” and “Ragtime” all took sizable downward drops. “Saigon” fell $52,379; “Phantom” a haunting $53,243 and “Ragtime” a sizable $56,120. Also hurt was ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe” which dropped $47,430 to take $261,924 of a possible $611,820.
Seemingly unfazed by the dry spell is “Twelfth Night” at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Shakespearean play maximized its Hollywood thesps Helen Hunt and Kyra Sedgwick to end last week up a notch by $11,417, taking $411,514.
While many were down slightly, biz at the new hits was still brisk: Disney’s “Lion King” was up a hair at the sold-out tuner by $302, taking $818,863. So too, at ‘Chicago” with took a healthy $683,356 of a possible $695,537, despite falling $1,017 last week. And back in tune after week’s of suspension due to construction disaster in Times Square, the Roundabout’s “Cabaret” returned Wednesday with Jennifer Jason Leigh as “Sally Bowles,” taking $171,879.