Good news amid bad

Most shows gain as closings, holiday hit B'way B.O.

Labor Day is not one of Broadway’s favorite holidays. With “Fosse” and “Riverdance” having closed the previous week, box office fell a whopping $888,037 — or 7.1 %. Total tally came in at $10,616,081, which represents the third lowest grossing week of the year.

The grim news aside, most of the 25 shows now on the boards saw gains, with “Chicago” delivering the heftiest increase, up $41,082.

In a switch from most holiday weekends, plays experienced significant increases: “A Thousand Clowns” staged the biggest rally, up $35,359 to close with $258,986. The long-running “Proof” rose nearly as much, up $31,426, finishing with its heftiest session to date: $422,123, which is just $5,000 short of its gross potential. Mary-Louise Parker leaves the production on Sept. 9, to be replaced by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

And there was good news for “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” which coughed up another $30,455, closing with $277,722. Up $5,248, “The Dinner Party” celebrated its final week by grossing $211,939.

On the musical front, “Kiss Me, Kate” rebounded from its lowest session (Aug. 20-26), climbing $33,652 to close with $421,243.

For the fourth straight week, “The Music Man” saw its numbers drop. Down $17,872, the revival now rests at $411,022, its weakest performance to date.

Other shows losing ground included “If Ever You Leave Me” (down $1,611), “Les Miserables” (down $31,702), “The Phantom of the Opera” (down $20,439) and “Rent” (down $11,829).

“The Lion King” fell $1,171 but continued to do 101% capacity, as did “The Producers,” which had its best week ever: $1,097,251.

“Urinetown” began its first string of previews, grossing $131,423.

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