‘Stritch,’ ‘Graduate’ light up B’way B.O.

Total down from mid-April 2001's $16.5 mil

With 35 shows on the boards, Broadway made a decent, if not spectacular, rebound from the B.O. cruelties of the previous week’s switch to daylight-saving time. Receipts rose $1,369,176 or 10.49%, with the total gross at $14,417,242. That’s way off from the $16.5 million that 37 shows made in mid-April 2001, with last week’s attendance of 242,187 down about 60,000 from this time frame a year ago.

Although all shows doing regular-performance duty saw dollar increases from the previous session, only three of them improved on their pre-daylight-savings biz of the week before: “Elaine Stritch at Liberty,” up $20,167, ended with $297,104; “The Graduate,” up $36,447, made $489,580; and “Topdog/Underdog,” up $33,803, brought in $276,784.

Shows going from previews to regular perfs in the past three weeks also saw marked improvement. “Fortune’s Fool” continued its climb out of pre-opening doldrums. Up $16,372, the Alan Bates starrer grossed $283,386, playing to 78.2% capacity. Average price ticket is now $44.18.

Up $48,621, “The Elephant Man” went from previews to regular perfs last week, with $177,158 to show for it.

“Private Lives” brought in a similar $174,579, but that figure came from just the first three previews. Advance now stands at a reported $1.6 million.

“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” managed to put the brakes on its downward spiral. B.O. rose $1,269 for a $123,776 finish, with capacity still languishing at 42.1%. “Metamorphoses” increased $11,758 to close with $232,644. Playing to 85.4% capacity, the pool play managed an average price ticket of $52.40.

“The Smell of the Kill” saw red. Grossing only $60,131 last week, the new comedy posted its closing notice for Sunday.

Most musicals posted five-figure gains. Those bubbling under the B.O. Top 10 included “Cabaret” ($400,188), “Chicago” ($439,510), “Contact” ($298,811), “The Full Monty” ($416,439), “Into the Woods” ($322,931), “Les Miserables” ($421,809), “Rent” ($358,659), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” ($481,070) and “Urinetown” ($240,741).

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