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B.O. up; ‘Boy’ 680g

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — The Broadway B.O. improved by a modest 2.7% during Week 19 (Sept. 29-Oct. 5), with attendance of 179,198 rising by a similar 2.2%.

The majority of shows saw significant boosts at the box office, with five-figure increases the norm. “The Boy From Oz,” still in previews, gained $49,909 to $680,310.

The significant exception was “Gypsy,” which plummeted by $284,053 to $351,132 while star Bernadette Peters took a planned vacation.

“Little Shop of Horrors” saw a dip of $47,985 to $369,442 during its opening week as press comps ate into the B.O. The show opened to widely mixed reviews.

“Golda’s Balcony” and “The Retreat From Moscow” joined the roster in previews, doing four perfs each.

The 19 musicals grossed $11,456,962 for 96% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 170,023 at 83.3% of capacity.

The three plays grossed $477,007 for 4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 9,175 repping 71.3% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $67.38 for musicals, $51.99 for plays and $66.60 for all shows.

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