B.O. in recovery

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses continued to recover during Week 18 (Sept. 24-30), rising a healthy 14.2% to $9,056,975 from the previous frame, despite a net loss of four shows. All shows saw upswings at the B.O.

Most heartening were the signs that tourists auds were coming back in significant numbers. Most of the long-running musicals that had precipitous B.O. falloffs in the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy rebounded by more than $100,000 each.

Biggest gainers were and “42nd Street,” which added $164,446 to reach $722,844, and “Aida,” which climbed by $164,100 to $642,989. Also up by more than six figures were “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “The Full Monty,” “Les Miz,” “The Music Man,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Producers,” which was back up at its stratospheric levels of the summer.

The 16 musicals grossed $7,854,832, for 86.7% of the Broadway total. Musical attendance of 134,695 repped 77.6% of musical capacity.

The four plays grossed $1,202,143 for 13.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 25,982 at 81.4% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $58.32 for musicals, $46.27 for plays and $56.37 for all shows.

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