'Edna,' 'Misbegotten' show rise in receipts as they prep to close
Jackie Mason and Disney make quite a combo. Going into its final month of performances, Mason’s “Much Ado About Everything” sold out, as did two of the Big Mouse’s tuners: “The Lion King,” as always, and “Aida,” for the first session ever.Otherwise, there wasn’t much in the way of fireworks leading up to the Fourth of July on Broadway. The $667,366 drop in total receipts represented a 4.8% decline, which brought the final cume to $13,052,260. Producers can be thankful for the new millennium: One year ago, a whopping 17.8% decline translated into a take of $9,542,931. So much for the good news. Of the 30 shows now running, only eight improved. Two of those on the upswing — “Dame Edna” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten” — were also outgoing, July 2 being their last perf. The lady from Down Under delivered the biggest kick, jumping $43,283 for a very final $338,447. “Moon” rose $37,658 to beget its farewell cume of $342,088. Slight rises spotted Smaller upticks were registered by “Contact” (up $5,504) and “The Lion King” ($7,138). “Beauty and the Beast” went from seven performances the previous session to its regular eight last week, having an additional $40,046 to show for it. “True West,” with new headliners Josh Brolin and Elias Koteas, went from four to a full eight performances last week, which translated into an additional $32,547. Its box office total came in at $94,119 on a gross potential of $310,148. The Sept. 3 closing notice for “Jesus Christ Superstar” appears to have put the brakes on its downhill slide. The tuner dropped a mere $1,054 to close at $428,153 on a gross potential of $921,776. Likewise, “Footloose” kept its final losses to a minimum, declining only $9,458 from previous session. The musical closed July 2, going out with $308,442 on a potential of $668,386. Otherwise, it was a game of who fell farthest. Down $159,837, “Riverdance” went into a bungee-jumping routine last week, with “Cats” falling $147,397. The Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner, which sings its final “Memories” on Sept. 10, continues to perform at a still-enviable 89% cap. Other plummets included “Annie Get Your Gun” (down $60,625), “The Phantom of the Opera” (down $64,333), “Saturday Night Fever” (down $67,196) and “Swing!” (down $68,102). “Kiss Me, Kate” registered its first decline since the Tony noms and awards sent its B.O. spiraling upward. In keeping with the other major tuners last week, it tumbled $63,328 for a final $723,526. Box office for “Saturday Night Fever” hit $410,108, which clocks in as its lowest total to date.