B’way’s blue Christmas

Sondheim sinks, 'Minnelli' moves up

Holiday shoppers did not put Broadway tickets on their list. Despite the addition of Broadway’s 33rd show — “James Joyce’s The Dead,” in previews — total receipts were down $935,647 from the previous week’s spectacular session to finish at $12,878,947.

Only five titles improved: “The Lion King,” “Minnelli on Minnelli,” “Rent,” “Swing!” and “Jackie Mason.”

Liza Minnelli’s show jumped $53,951, to close at $558,664 with a gross potential of $782,623. Her average ticket price was the street’s highest, $91.84.

‘Swing!’ low

“Swing!” kicked up another $74,900 to land a final $379,970, which is under half its $782,586 g.p. Average ticket price was a bargain $34.31. Only tickets selling for less on Broadway were “Tango Argentino” ($34.10) and “Epic Proportions ($28.68), which closed on Sunday.

After posting a Eugene O’Neill house record of $425,923 the previous week, “Waiting in the Wings” slid $102,364 due to heavily comped previews. The play opened on Dec. 16 and finished with $323,559 for the week; its gross potential was $449,712.

“Putting It Together,” a sellout the previous week, posted the week’s biggest slide, down $114,276 to wind up with $360,471, playing at 84.35% capacity. Gross potential is $496,815.

‘Kate’ too darn hot

“Kiss Me, Kate,” another newcomer, displayed better survival skills. Down only $16,228, it went from playing 95.88% cap to 94.45% last week, to end with a $631,816 total. Gross potential equals $771,039.

Other small declines were posted by “Beauty and the Beast” ($2,253), “Cabaret” ($12,859), “The Price” ($18,290) and “The Rainmaker” ($18,775).

The only sellout remained “The Lion King.”

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