NEW YORK – Broadway spirits fell along with Broadway grosses during Week 34 (Jan. 15-21), as shows hunkered down for the winter. The total dropped to $11,033,705, a loss of 9.9% from the previous week’s take. Attendance was down to 195,773 — a commensurate 10.1% hit in ticket sales.

“Copenhagen” closed, taking a net of $350,989 out of $462,320 during its final week, capping off a profitable run in New York with a final week’s boost of $60,391. Next to shutter is “Miss Saigon,” which ends its near decade-long run on Jan. 28. In anticipation of its closing, “Saigon” sales were up $29,433 for the week to $740,119 out of $893,002.

The big success story of the week was Rosie O’Donnell’s entry into “Seussical,” which chalked up a gain of $138,377, benefiting seriously from its new star’s popularity. Its net was up to $542,665 out of $755,427.

Leading the losses column last week was “Riverdance,” dropping $113,820 to net $443,540 out of $983,840. “Aida” also took a big $73,703 plunge, still closing at a strong $746,013 out of $876,101.

The 19 musicals totaled $9,233,428 for 83.7% of the Broadway returns, with paid attendance of 160,303 at 77.6% of musical capacity.

The seven plays totaled $1,800,277 for 16.3% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 35,470 at 72.6% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $56.36 for all shows, $57.02 for musicals and $51.06 for plays.

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