Biz off; ‘Hairspray’ up

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses dipped again in Week 13 (Aug. 19-25), falling 2% from the week previous. Total haul was $13,693,246. Attendance was 224,847, drooping a proportional 1.8%.

Barbara Cook finished up her twice-weekly solo run at the Vivian Beaumont. Show earned $101,759 for its last two perfs. Best gain was posted by critically celebrated “Hairspray,” which went up $88,979, for a total take of $804,820. “Oklahoma” was one of the 20 shows that saw numbers reverse, falling $64,609, and ending the week with $592,024.

The 20 musicals brought in $11,520,990, representing 84.1% of Broadway’s total grosses. Attendance was 179,422 for 79.8% of week’s capacity.

The nine plays tallied up $2,172,256, for 15.9% of Broadway’s total. Attendance of 45,425 was 25.3% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $64.21 for musicals, $47.82 for plays, and $60.90 for all shows.

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