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NEW YORK — Road grosses took a tumble during Week 43 (March 18-24), dropping by 13.7% to $12,836,421.

Some big-grossing shows had off weeks, including “Saturday Night Fever,” which took $359,050 in Jacksonville, about half of its Ft. Lauderdale take from the prior week.

But “Kiss Me, Kate” had a whopping week in Orange County, grossing $906,664.

Estimates for last week:

BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

Les Miserables (M- B&T- 3rd Co.) Civic Center ($63; $2,838; $984,348)(3/18/02-3/24/02).

PW, $747,061 in Norfolk.

Last (1st) wk, $865,543.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN

Beauty and the Beast (M, 3rd Co.) Memorial Auditorium ($45; 3,866; $1,119,046)(3/18/02-3/24/02).

PW, $476,777 in Tampa.

Last (1st) wk, $393,383.

COLUMBUS, OHIO

Blast (M) Ohio ($60; 2,791; $1,171,385)(3/18/02-3/24/02).

PW, $488,646 in Buffalo.

Last (1st) wk, $712,457.

CINCINNATI, OH

South Pacific (M-R) Aronoff ($75; 2,655; $1,160,043)(3/18/02-3/31/02).

PW, $584,633 in East Lansing.

Last (1st) wk, $797,005.

CLEVELANDAida (M) State ($53; 2,954; $1,019,908)(3/11/02-3/24/02).

PW, $741,302.Last (2nd) wk, $767,795.

COSTA MESA, CA

Kiss Me Kate (M-R) Orange County PAC ($62; 2,974; $906,664)(3/18/02-3/24/02).

PW, $787,713.

Last (1st) wk, $906,664.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (M-R) Jubilee Auditorium (C$82/ $54; 2,678; C$1,533,210/$1,011,918).

PW, $868,565 in Portland, Ore.

Last (1st) wk, C$516,395 ($340,820).

EUGENE, OREG.

Riverdance (M) Hult Center ($53; 2,487; $871,854)(3/19/02-3/24/02).

PW, $718,708 in San Francisco.

Last (1st) wk, $851,343.

JACKSONVILLE, FL.

Saturday Night Fever (M) Times Union ($59; 2,856; $1,178,416)(3/18/02-3/24/02).

PW, $736,964 in Ft Lauderdale.

Last (1st) wk, $359,050.

LOS ANGELES

The Lion King (M) Pantages ($125 VIP package; 2,261; $1,165,500)(10/1/00-OE).

PW, $1,034,304.

Last (76th) wk, $963,715.

MINNEAPOLIS

Proof (P) State ($52; 2,119; $688,774) (3/18/02-3/24/02).

PW, $243,900 in Dallas.

Last (1st) wk, $327,346.

NASHVILLE

Mamma Mia! (M-2nd Co.) TPAC ($63; 2,425; $851,894)(3/13/02-3/24/02).

PW, $600,028.

Last (2nd wk) $570,704.

PEORIA

Phantom of the Opera (M-3rd Co.) Fox ($70; 2,097; $920,856)(3/11/02-4/6/02).

PW, $728,755.

Last (1st) wk, $757,619.

PHILADELPHIA

Mamma Mia! (M) Forresst ($75; 1,775; $903,298)(2/14/02-3/23/02).

PW, $887,315.

Last (6th) wk, $879,515.

ROCHESTER, NY

Fiddler on the Roof (M-R) Auditorium ($50; 2,501; $925,600)(3/18/02-3/24/02).

PW, $447,406.

Last (1st) wk, $446,182.

ST. PAUL, MINN.

Contact (M) Ordway ($60; 1,890; $774,070)(3/18/02-3/31/02).

PW, $799,127 in Washington, D.C.

Last (1st) wk, $474,912.

SAN ANTONIO, TXCinderella (M) Fox ($45; 4,100; $1,123,818)(3/12/02-3/17/02).

PW, $704,062 in St. Louis.

Last (1st) wk, $677,744.

TORONTO

The Lion King (M) Princess of Wales (C$115/$76; 1,986; C$1,352,382/$895,142)(3/30/00-OE).

PW, C$1,270,100 ($838,266).

Last (101st) wk, C$1,180,378 ($779,049).

Mamma Mia! (M) Royal Alexandra (C$93/$62; 1,446; C$807,986/$534,806)(5/10/00- OE).

PW, C$839,798 ($554,266). Sold out.

Last (92nd) wk, C$831,411 ($548,731).

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Copenhagen (P) Eisenhower ($61; 1,126; $478,208)(2/25/02-3/24/02).

PW, $434,978.

Last (4th) wk, $416,844

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