Lazy B’way summer

Closing 'Fosse,' 'Riverdance' log B.O. gains

Broadway marked time in the summer heat as B.O. climbed a minuscule $141,216 — a 1.01% improvement — over the previous session. Final tally of $12,978,617 reps a $700,000 bump up from last year’s mid-August figures.

Of shows on the boards, 16 bettered their biz while 10 saw receipts dip.

Biggest gains came from shows in their penultimate week. Both “Fosse” and “Riverdance” will call it quits later this session. In their final days, they showed improvements of $68,453 and $94,159, respectively. “Fosse” closed with $448,310 on its gross potential of $668,100, while “Riverdance” finished with $708,665 on its $983,840 potential.

“Stones in His Pockets” reversed its downward trajectory of the past weeks, up $25,683 for a final $181,289.

“If Ever You Leave Me” gained $25,743 over its heavily comped opening-night week, closing with $175,700 on its gross potential of $434,440. Average ticket price remained Broadway’s lowest, at $35.85.

There were no massive hemorrhages at the box office. “The Music Man” took the biggest tumble, down $38,470 to land with $467,596 — one of the tuner’s rare forays below the $500,000 mark. “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Kiss Me, Kate” were other big musicals with five-figure declines that pushed them ever closer to their break-even point. “Kate” now rests at $420,822 while “Annie” closed with $417,883.

As usual, “The Lion King” and “The Producers” sold out. They were not joined in that exalted category by “42nd Street,” which saw its capacity figures drop to 88%. Closer to 100% cap were “Aida” (97.3%), “Beauty and the Beast” (96.8%), “Cabaret” (95.8%), “Proof” (95.6%) and “Rent” (98.3%).

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