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Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses rose slightly during the Labor Day frame (Aug. 26-Sept. 1), as rainy weather brought local audiences to the theater. Grosses rose by 3% to $14,103,787, while attendance was up by 2.1% to 229,542.

The end of summer marked the closing of four shows. “Contact” ended its run of more than 1,000 perfs with an uptick of $25,361 and a gross of $314,952. “The Full Monty” saw an even bigger leap for its last week, jumping by $77,074 to $471,602. “Private Lives” also ended its limited run with a strong $387,051, and “Noises Off” shut its doors.

“The Goat,” which goes on layoff for a week before welcoming two new stars, rose by $46,626 to $211,685 for the final week of perfs with Bill Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl.

The 19 musicals grossed $11,628,539 for 82.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 179,164 at 86.5% of capacity.

The nine plays grossed $2,475,248 for 17.6% of capacity, with attendance of 50,378 representing 72.3% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $64.90 for musicals, $49.13 for plays and $61.44 for all shows.

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