Events take legit B.O. toll

Sept. 11, holidays darken Great White Way

Broadway B.O. continued to languish last week as all shows played sked jockey in observance of the Sept. 11 anniversary.

Wednesday matinees were canceled across the board, with only a handful of productions offering an evening performance. Perfs were moved to Monday night and/or Sunday night, which marked the beginning of Yom Kippur.

Twenty-three shows brought in $9,502,419, up $415,284 or 4.57% from the previous week when the NFL kickoff and Rosh Hoshanah slashed receipts.

A year ago, shows performed a reduced sked due to the World Trade Center catastrophe, with 23 shows bringing in only $3.64 million.

For this time frame in 2000, 22 productions created $10.04 million in receipts. In paid admissions, the gap between now and two years ago is more severe. Last week, attendance came in at 156,906, off nearly 25,000 from 2000.

Some good news

Although this year’s session failed to set records, 18 shows did experience an uptick from the disastrous Labor Day week.

Under the top 10, there were modest five-figure increases for “Boys From Syracuse” ($253,128), “Chicago” ($246,552), “Les Miserables” ($235,145), “Metamorphoses” ($156,833), “Proof” ($140,765), “Rent” ($279,362), “Urinetown” ($240,743) and “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” ($208,242), which closed Sunday after 22 previews and 777 regular performances.

Biggest jumps were registered by the Disney shows “Aida” ($494,151) and “Beauty and the Beast” ($366,605), which increased their receipts by $80,273 and $68,965, respectively.

In a curious switch, “The Lion King” grossed $980,260 as the result of a $98,131 drop, the steepest plummet on Broadway. Still, the show’s 90.1% cap looks enviable compared to those shows that did under 50% capacity: “Chicago” (40.8%), “42nd Street” (49.3%), “Into the Woods” (38.0%), “Les Miserables” (44.2%) and “Proof” (40.1%).

“The Graduate” ($241,483) and “Into the Woods” ($182,699) played only seven perfs, but managed to grow receipts, albeit a mere four figures each.

‘Goat’ is baa-ck

Now starring Sally Field and Bill Irwin, “The Goat” resumed performances after a wise 10-day hiatus. Four weekend perfs gave it $82,297.

Although “Hairspray” grossed $855,182 and played to 99.5% capacity, the Sept. 9-15 session was the first week in a year that no show on Broadway went clean. “Mamma Mia!” and “The Producers” had respective cap numbers of 91.6% and 88.9%, with “Lion King” doing the aforementioned 90.1%.

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