Broadway B.O. holds to even keel

'Rent,' 'Les Mis' gain, 'Smokey Joe's' loses

NEW YORK — Broadway box office held steady last week, grossing $9,969,695 — a mere $45,955 shy of the previous week’s $10,015,650. A preview perf of thriller “Voices in the Dark” — which took in $19,485 at the Longacre — pushed the boards’ tally to a still-slight 23 shows.

Plays’ numbers barely moved, though there were a few exceptions: “Art” celebrated its penultimate week with another gain of $16,638, which took it to $267,704 (59% of its gross potential). “The Weir” suffered a $34,057 loss, falling to $144,509, or 43% of potential.

Tuner shuffle

Among tuners, “Rent,” “Les Miserables,” “Footloose,” and “Cabaret” did well, each gaining in the neighborhood of $15,000; while “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Phantom of the Opera” each posted losses north of $20,000.

“Smokey” slid the most, dipping $30,655 after a busy two weeks to gross $231,717 (or 38% of potential). “Beauty” lost $23,943 to take $638,125 (or 79% of potential). And “Phantom” gave up a haunting $23,281 to gross $693,735 (though number reps a vital 89% of show’s potential).

“Annie Get Your Gun,” “Chicago,” and “It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues” all registered smaller losses, with “Annie” giving up $16,911 (to reach 89% of potential), “Chicago” losing another $9,668 (72%), and “Blues” notching a $12,575 loss (to meet 42% of potential).

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