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Biz steady; ‘Blast’ $1.3 mil

Road shows keep on truckin'

NEW YORK — In stark contrast with Broadway, which had a disastrous week, road grosses held up suprisingly well during Week 16 (Sept. 10-16), indicating that theatergoers across the country were happy to seek some diversion at prevously planned theater outings.

The week’s gross of $9,995,498 was off just 3.2%. There were 15 shows reporting, up from the prior frame’s 13. Strong performers included the road company of “Blast!,” which earned $1,382,549 in St. Louis.

Estimates for last week:

ATLANTA

The Phantom of the Opera (M-3rd Co.) Fox ($60; 4,306; $1,561,572)(8/20/01-9/15/01).

PW, $1,397,241

Last (4th) wk, $1,237,117

BOSTON

Mamma Mia! (M) Colonial ($80; 1,594; $787,959)(8/17/01-11/03/01).

PW, $887,010

Last (5th) wk $682,575

EUGENE, OREGON

Les Miserables (M- B&T- 3rd Co.) Hult Center ($53; 2,427; $697,818)(9/11-9/16/01).

PW, C$1,244,821 ($821,581) in Vancouver.

Last (1st) wk, $395,489.

KALAMAZOO, MICH

Best Little Whorehouse (M-R) Miller Auditorium ($55; 3,446; $984,783)(9/11-9/16/01).

PW, $924,741 in Green Bay, Wisc.

Last (1st) wk, $298,216.

LOS ANGELES

Kiss Me Kate (M-R) Shubert ($70; 2,129; $978,740)(8/21/01-10/14/01).

PW, $356,665

Last (4th) wk, $277,989

The Lion King (M) Pantages ($125 VIP package; 2,703; $1,441,739)(10/1/00-OE).

PW, $1,259,814.

Last (50th) wk, $989,672.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN

Riverdance (M) Orpheum ($59; 2,502; $1,061,722)(9/12/01-9/16/01).

PW, $1,096,323.in Philadelphia, PA.

Last (1st) wk, $900,352.

PHILADELPHIA

Guys and Dolls(M-R) Merriam ($59; 1,842; $733,587)(9/11-9/16/01)

PW, $937,540 in Vienna, VA.

Last (1st) wk, $374,269.

ST. LOUIS

Blast (M) Fabulous Fox ($54; 4,020; $2,406,016)(9/7-9/16/01)

Last (1st) wk, $1,382,549 (10perf).

SALT LAKE CITY

Contact (M) Capitol ($55; 1,800; $675,385)(9/11-9/16/01).

PW, 428,595 in Portland

Last (1st) wk, $457,823.

SAN JOSE

Beauty and the Beast (M 3rd Co.) Center for the Performing Arts ($65; 2,599; $1,109,540)(8/27/01-9/16/01).

PW, $$774,480.

Last (3rd) wk, $772,807.

TEMPE, AZ

Aida (M) Gammage Auditorium ($58.75; 2,793; $1,037,679)(9/3/01-9/16/01).

PW, $772,411.

Last (2nd) wk, $509,833.

TORONTO– all 8 perfs

The Lion King (M) Princess of Wales (C$115/$76; 1,986; C$1,352,382/$895,142)(3/30/00-OE).

PW, $1,237,275 ($816,601).

Last (74th) wk, C$1,084,752 ($715,936).

Mamma Mia! (M) Royal Alexandra (C$93/$62; 1,446; C$807,986/$534,806)(5/10/00- OE).

PW, C, C$823,759 ($543,759) sold out

Last (68th) wk C$829,694 ($547,598).

Saturday Night Fever (M) Cannon (C$91.50/$60.39; 2,273; C$1,363,340/$899,804)(9/3/01-10/14/01).

PW, C$654,534 ($431,992).

Last (2nd) wk, C$762,536 ($503,273).

Reading the Road Grosses

Abbreviations and explanations for tour

shows are the same as for Broadway with

the following additions: (TR) tryout, (BT)

bus and truck shows, (Lp) local productions.

Dates indicate when the engagements begin

and end, but (OE) means open-end bookings.

(E) means figures were not available and

were estimated based on performances in

recent weeks.

As with Broadway box office reports, the

quoted figures for touring and local non-

New York productions represent net

amount, that is, after deduction of subscription discounts and theater party, credit,

computer and other sales commissions.

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