B’way biz up as Oct. bows awaited

'Gypsy' drops and 'Horror' wilts as vets float B.O.

Corrections were made to this article on Oct. 7, 2003.

Broadway evidently had rather few sins to atone for during the Yom Kippur weekend, as the biz rose $310,997 this week, up 2.68% from the previous week to $11,933,969.

“Take Me Out” finally gained a couple of playmates after spending September as the only non-tuner on the boards. “Golda’s Balcony,” the solo play about Golda Meir written by William Gibson and starring Tovah Feldshuh, played its first four previews at the Helen Hayes, bringing in $103,665. William Nicholson’s “The Retreat From Moscow” moved into the Booth and snagged $140,022, also over four previews.

Auds for Nicholson’s John Lithgow-Eileen Atkins starrer didn’t have to push by too many people on their way down Shubert Alley. Gross for “Moscow’s” backdoor neighbor “Gypsy” plummeted $284,053 to an unbecoming $351,132 during star Bernadette Peters’ planned weeklong vacation.

Opening night comps devoured a fleshy chunk of the “Little Shop of Horrors” B.O. as the tuner dropped $47,985 to $369,442. “Chicago” ($635,465) and “Mamma Mia!” ($917,182) went down $4,374 and $2,845, respectively, and “Nine” saw its numbers dip by a small $6,272 to a still-SRO $773,526 during Antonio Banderas’ and Jane Krakowski’s final weekend.

Veterans’ vim and vigor

Long-running family musicals continued last week’s emergence from their early September slump. “Thoroughly Modern Millie” ($626,640), “Aida,” ($686,747) and “Beauty and the Beast” ($510,390) each went up at least $50,000, “42nd Street” ($635,497) rose $27,573, “Phantom of the Opera” ($524,141) gained $18,071, and “The Producers” ($860,453) was up $18,919.

“Cabaret” ($366,617), which just postponed its closing date from Nov. 2 until at least the end of the year, went up $19,794.

As for newer fare, “The Boy From Oz” ($680,310) rose a healthy $49,909 during its seven performances for its best post yet, and “Avenue Q” ($343,799) did its second-best ever (after Week 14’s $347,930).

And despite competition from “Moscow,” “Take Me Out” ($233,320) gained $22,914. Baseball playoff fever, perhaps?

Broadway’s October explosion begins this week, as “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” waltzes into the Belasco today, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” cranks up the Music Box on Thursday, and “Wicked” begins at the Gershwin on Wednesday after canceling today’s preview.

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