B.O. slips; ‘Caesar’ 660g

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Memorial Day is one holiday weekend Broadway does not love. As in years past, box office for the frame (May 23-29) fell $809,687 or 4.32% as 35 shows brought in $17,939,118. Good weather also kept people outdoors and not in theaters.

Most shows’ receipts slipped, but none took drastic dips. In fact, much of the downward action was the result of fewer perfs.

Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” ($596,917) went from eight the previous week to only five, creating a $464,771 tumble there. Putting in six, “A Streetcar Named Desire” ($236,159) did two fewer, producing $94,175 less. Off $40,072, Brian Stokes Mitchell halved his perf sked to one at “Love/Life” ($41,925). Down just one perf each, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ($306,159) and “Jackie Mason” ($101,478) were less affected, down $22,580 and $21,949, respectively.

On the plus side, house records were set by “Julius Caesar” ($660,454) at the Belasco, “Doubt” ($512,001) at the Walter Kerr and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” ($404,050) at Circle in the Square.

The 22 musicals grossed $13,758,871 for 76.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 201,967 at 84.9% of capacity.

The 13 plays grossed $4,180,247 for 23.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 62,002 at 72.2% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $68.12 for musicals, $67.42 for plays and $67.96 for all shows.

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