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Broadway grosses

Biz off; 'Stritch' 348g

NEW YORK — Broadway receipts dropped off during Week 40 (Feb. 25-March 3), as grosses dipped by nearly 3% to $12,203,486. Attendance of 204,016 was off by 1.8%.

Most shows saw significant declines, with major tuners taking five- and six-figure hits. The relatively small falloff was due to two new tuners in previews: “Oklahoma!” and “Sweet Smell of Success,” which both increased their perfs from one to seven.

One of the few shows to buck the downward trend was “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” which gained $36,512 to $348,313 on the strength of the best crop of Broadway reviews of the season.

The 19 musicals grossed $10,147,752 for 83.2% of the Broadway total. Attendance of 162,735 was at 81.3% of capacity.

The eight plays grossed $2,055,734 for 16.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 41,281 at 79.6% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $62.36 for musicals, $49.80 for plays and $59.82 for all shows.

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