Eighteen shows declined at the box office

The November slump deepened despite the addition of three shows — overall receipts for 31 productions came to $14,073,109, down $91,030, with paid attendance off a significant 6.2%.

Eighteen shows declined at the box office, some of them precipitously, with the major damage recorded among the top 10. Six-figure plunges affected “Flower Drum Song” ($497,389), “Hollywood Arms” ($157,975), “Oklahoma!” ($447,772) and, sporting a new cast, “The Graduate” ($204,469). Bad reviews didn’t hurt Kathleen Turner. Can good ones sustain Lorraine Bracco’s turn in the show?

The $111,877 drop for “Hollywood Arms” was a real stunner. Not that the week looked kindly on other plays. Down $75,563, “Proof” put in one of its lowest performing sessions at ($147,383), as did “Metamorphoses” at $160,983, down $26,006. And off $30,468, “Say Goodnight Gracie” took in just $119,836. There were similar five-figure dips for “The Goat” ($226,144) and “Prune Danish” ($288,326).

“Def Poetry Jam” did not build on its positive reviews. Marking time, it downticked $920 after its opening week and closed with a marginal $134,406.

“Frankie and Johnny” defied the downward trend. It gained $12,998 for a final $463,008.

Under the top 10, there was some good news on the musical front. That March closing notice for “Les Miserables” finally had an effect. Up $100,898, the long-running tuner came in at $483,598.

Tallies also improved for “Phantom of the Opera” ($495,664) and “Into the Woods” ($331,515).

Elsewhere, there was some slippage as four-figure drops were recorded by “Cabaret” ($332,214), “Rent” ($379,771) and “Urinetown” ($261,919). Down $33,927, “Chicago” came in at $416,192.

Three shows started previews. Putting in four perfs, “Our Town” with Paul Newman brought in $172,915. “Man of La Mancha,” also doing four, made $340,522. “Dinner at Eight” played just one Saturday nighter, with $28,721 to show for it. The following preview, on Sunday, was cancelled when Dorothy Loudon could not perform due to illness.

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