B.O. up; ‘Proof’ 345g

Broadway grosses

This story was corrected on March 11, 2001.

NEW YORK — Broadway got a winter lift during Week 39 (Feb. 19-25), bringing the total net up to $12,204,960, a percentage gain of 2.9%. Attendance was up a stronger 9.4%, from 204,450 in the previous week to 223,736 last week.

Three new shows continued previewing last week: “Judgment at Nuremberg,” “A Class Act,” and “Design for Living.” All notched gains over the prior frame.

On the regular roster, “The Music Man” led the winners with a net gain of $81,172 to $567,915, followed by “Proof,” with a net gain of $72,327 and a total of $345,576.

Shows that slipped last week included “The Lion King,” which declined by $2,025 to close at $1,003,669 — still the biggest take on Broadway by some measure — followed by “Jane Eyre,” down $31,092 to net a worrisome $291,104 of a potential $595,549.

Nineteen musicals were on the boards last week, taking in $10,395,807 for 85.2% of the Broadway returns, with paid attendance of 184,115 at 92.1% of musical capacity.

The seven plays totaled $1,809,153 for 14.8% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 39,621 at 86.7% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $54.55 for all shows, $55.57 for musicals and $45.04 for plays.

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