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Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — For the second week in a row, Broadway set a B.O. record as 30 shows brought in $15,691,089 for Week 42 (March 14-20). More important, last week’s paid attendance (244,645) easily topped biz for this time frame in 2004 (237,777) and 2003 (206,815).

The tally would have looked even better except that Billy Crystal took a break. His “700 Sundays” went dark for the week.

A couple of new shows helped take up the slack: “The Light in the Piazza” ($131,569) put in its first four previews; “Steel Magnolias” ($235,964) did a full eight.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ($195,103) put in six previews and its opening night during the week.

“All Shook Up” ($515,761) increased handsomely, up $99,680, despite weekend crix comps. Freebies took a minor $7,907 bite out of “The Glass Menagerie” ($311,948).

In the No. 10 spot but not for long: Opening night and crix tix took a $127,118 bite out of “Spamalot” ($690,635).

For the second session in a row, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($738,317) scored a six-figure increase, its gross up $115,352.

The 20 musicals grossed $13,068,946 for 81.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 199,715 at 84.7% of capacity.

The 10 plays grossed $2,622,143 for 16.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 44,930 at 64.7% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $65.31 for musicals, $58.36 for plays and $64.14 for all shows.

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