NEW YORK — Broadway opened the 2004-05 season on a down note, as grosses dropped 6.5% to $14,712,977 during Week 1 (May 31-June 6), with attendance down 7.3% to 229,047.Much of the drop can be attributed to the closing of the Bernadette Peters revival of “Gypsy,” which played its final perf May 30. In addition, “Wicked” ($953,935) and “The Boy From Oz” ($772,661) each played only seven perfs, and their grosses fell $153,267 and $87,753, respectively. Other casualties included “Bombay Dreams,” which plunged $101,825 to $670,852, “Chicago” (down $56,729 to $403,978) and “Rent” (down $47,499 to $292,047). “Sight Unseen” had the biggest increase, rising $55,696 to $233,488 in its first frame after a week that included its opening night and a comped education matinee. The 21 musicals grossed $12,588,488 for 85.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 191,020 at 79.9% of capacity. The nine plays grossed $2,124,489 for 14.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 38,027 at 72.5% of capacity. Average ticket prices were $65.90 for musicals, $55.87 for plays and $64.24 for all shows. Note: Variety‘s Broadway grosses chart has been redesigned to include cumulative receipts for each show. The cumulative receipts figure is simply the total amount that each production has grossed since the beginning of its run, including previews.
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