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B’way attendance, B.O. fizzle on Fourth

'Mamma,' 'Lion,' 'Miserables' buck bad trend

Broadway receipts dipped during the Fourth of July holiday week, as holiday diversions kept theatergoers out of the seats. Total B.O. dipped to $11,946,658, a slide of 12.7%. Attendance of 205,900 was down by 7.6%.

The B.O. number is off slightly from last year’s figure ($12.46 million), with the attendance tally representing a much more significant slide: Attendance was at 229,000 for the comparable week last season.

All but three shows dipped at the box office, with both big tuners and straight plays feeling the pinch. The three exceptions were SRO “Mamma Mia!” and “The Lion King,” which rose by about $10,000 each, and “Les Miserables,” which climbed by $37,723.

The falloffs ranged from relatively minor to major. “The Producers,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Cabaret” were the least hard-hit, while “42nd Street,” “The Graduate,” “Oklahoma!” and “Private Lives” were off by more than $100,000.

“Topdog/Underdog,” which just announced a two-week extension through Aug. 11, was off by $33,038 to $238,707. That was one of the stronger tallies among straight plays, behind only “The Graduate” and “Private Lives.”

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