‘Proof’ that a star boosts B’way B.O.

Overall grosses decline

Broadway grosses continued a gradual decline last week. The total take of $13,225,927 repped a small falloff of 1.6% for the week. Attendance slid by a slightly smaller margin, dipping 3.4% to 227,523.

Just as it led the losers the previous week, “Proof” was at the head of the winner’s circle this week as grosses reflected the return of star Mary-Louise Parker. B.O. shot up by $100,991 to $406,909. Jennifer Jason Leigh takes over the role from Parker on Sept. 11; grosses should continue to inch toward the potential of $427,309 during Parker’s last weeks.

Other shows making significant gains included “Annie Get Your Gun,” which continues to show healthy B.O. week to week despite the exit of acclaimed star Reba McEntire. Last week, B.O. notched a gain of $37,137 to $533,151.

There were significant falloffs at “Riverdance” (down $51,189), “The Rocky Horror Show” (off $47,858) and “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” which fell by a significant but not cataclysmic $39,661 during Valerie Harper’s first week of performances. The show took $295,707 of a potential $492,315.

There were 26 shows on the boards, one fewer than last week as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” dropped off.

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