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Vet legiters slip

Most of Broadway’s newcomers improved, but nearly everybody else tumbled. With a tally of 30 productions, total receipts were down $363,816 from previous session. The week finished at $11,617,684.

“Saturday Night Fever” raised its temp a notch — $2,956 — to finish at $803,733, nearing its $901,190 gross potential. Its average price ticket of $65.35 is Broadway’s third-highest, just behind that of “Cabaret” ($71.77) and “Fosse” ($69.67).

With a gross potential of $327,314, “Dame Edna” also improved slightly, taking in $5,406 more to close with $278,366. “The Price” rose $9,722 to capture a final $153,566, with a $310,093 gross potential. “The Rainmaker” stirred up the biggest increase, gaining $45,385 to capture $272,174. Gross potential: $327,614.

Disney’s musicals registered big jumps due to added performances over previous week. “The Lion King” staged a ninth perf to raise its total to $1,033,988, an addition of $123,950. After a post-transfer week of five perfs, “Beauty and the Beast” played a full eight to end with $584,490, on a gross potential of $761,906.

“Tango Argentino,” in a week split between previews and regulars, kicked up $49,532 to end with $184,804, far below its $946,915 gross potential. Average ticket price: $17.21.

Also doing a split week, “Kiss Me, Kate” dipped $100,288 to register $430,401. Gross potential stands at $771,039.

Everywhere else it was not exactly pretty. “Footloose” dropped the most ($102,730), “Rent” the least ($10,340).

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