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Surge breaks late-April Broadway records

Broadway blew away recent B.O. records for late April.

Thirty-five shows brought in $18,189,612, up $853,680 or 4.92% over the previous session. Paid attendance came to 275,191. A year ago, the numbers were 226,137 in paid attendance and $14.5 million in receipts. In 2003, they were slightly lower: 225,123 and $13.9 million.

In the top 10, several new shows took minor hits due to comps for the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk voters. Off $70,616, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($687,297) had the double whammy of a comped promotional performance for Newsday on April 26.

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($864,437), however, scored despite preem comps, gaining $41,828.

Under the top 10, “Spelling Bee” ($309,431) brushed off crix comps to post an uptick of $23,262. The new tuner opened Monday.

The new plays “Doubt” ($445,469) and “The Pillowman” ($402,357) were up $32,581 and $24,837, respectively, setting house records at the Walter Kerr and the Booth.

Even bigger gains pumped needed life into the languishing “Brooklyn” ($223,273), “Twelve Angry Men” ($238,288) and “Dame Edna” ($236,346), up $66,749 in its final week.

But biggest bump was reserved for “Sweet Charity” ($495,273), up $96,121 and ready to open Wednesday. All those OCC and DD noms must have helped “The Light in the Piazza” ($333,256), which grew $83,871 and promptly posted an extension through summer. And “Fiddler on the Roof” ($584,022) came off Passover week with renewed force, its receipts up $87,223.

Small upticks helped “Movin’ Out” ($523,188), “Chicago” ($504,196), “La Cage aux Folles” ($396,863), “Little Women” ($317,876), “Jackie Mason” ($115,648) and “On Golden Pond” ($240,835), which gained only $9,346 but continues to move in the right direction. It is the revival’s third-straight week in the plus column.

The other new revivals — “The Glass Menagerie” ($216,876) and “Steel Magnolias” ($209,009) — continued to lose ground, down $26,781 and $12,650, respectively.

Opening-night comps took whacks out of “Glengarry Glen Ross” ($289,639), down $26,185, and “A Streetcar Named Desire” ($259,341), down $49,569.

On its rotating perf sked, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ($266,411) played only seven last week and grossed $95,097 less.

“After the Night and Music” ($95,772) played its first five previews.

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