Closes drop B’way B.O.

Loss of 'Edna,' 'Footloose,' 'Moon' hurts

The July 2 shuttering of “Dame Edna,” “Footloose” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten” took its toll on Broadway’s B.O., which dropped $1,287,517 — or 9.8% — for a final $11,764,743. The current weekly total continues to outpace 1999’s box office, when a year ago to date it stood at $10,451,869. While 13 productions on the boards edged up marginally last week, many of the remaining 14 declined significantly.

Three spring entries — “Copenhagen,” “Dirty Blonde” and “The Music Man” — took their biggest hits to date. Michael Frayn’s Tony winner dropped $57,245 to close at $271,430 on a gross potential of $457,151. The Mae West comedy fell $37,913 for a final $188,684 on its $279,775 gross potential, while the Meredith Willson tuner nearly replicated trombones for dollars with a $76,681 plummet that translated into a $546,047 finish. Its g.p. looms at $732,133. Attendance dropped back to the show’s early May standing of 74.22%.

Other southward spirals of magnitude included final figures for “Chicago” (down $60,458), “Fosse” (down $57,096) and “Riverdance” (down $68,335).

“The Ride Down Mt. Morgan” and “Saturday Night Fever” continued to clock in their lowest B.O. to date: $127,556 and $397,707, respectively. The Arthur Miller play performed at a “Squonk” level of capacity: 36.26%.

What worked for “Cats” isn’t proving so magical for “Miss Saigon,” which rose a slight $4,248. At 57.77% capacity in July, it’s a long way to that Dec. 31 closing.

“Beauty and the Beast” (up $44,085) and “Jekyll & Hyde” (up $51,442) registered the only upward spirals of significance. Disney’s tuner performed at 99.78% cap, with small four-digit upticks at the box office bringing “Aida” (96.55%), “Contact” (98.15%) and “Kiss Me, Kate” (96.75%) into near-capacity territory.

As usual, “The Lion King” sold out.

At the brand-new American Airlines Theater, seating is at 750 for “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” In its first two weeks of previews, the Kaufman-Hart classic went from $151,471 for five performances to $226,461 for a full sked of eight perfs last week. Gross potential is $349,943.

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