B.O. up; ‘Fiddler’ 582g

B'way Grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway biz grew by a healthy $620,000 for Week 21 (Oct. 17-23), with total grosses rising to $15,848,231 and attendance stepping up about 10,000 to 225,538.

There was no change in the top 10, with “Wicked” ($1,301,198), “The Lion King” ($1,138,474) and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($1,066,499) taking their customary positions at the head of the pack. Still, a few shows had an unusually good week.

Rosie O’Donnell earned mixed reviews as Golde, but the positive ones were enough to propel “Fiddler on the Roof” to $582,273, up $100,979 over the previous sesh.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($840,433) saw a $74,310 bump even with one of its stars, Sherie Rene Scott, on vacation. “The Light in the Piazza” ($596,633) rose $75,633, perhaps with some help from the TV ads that began airing. “Jersey Boys” ($389,964) gained $60,000 in momentum as it gears up for its Nov. 6 opening.

Down below, “In My Life” may have grossed only $145,853, but that was still an unlikely increase in the wake of critical brickbats and a heavily comped opening week. Tuner looks like it’s making a go of it; the show is pouring $1.5 million into its ad budget over the next couple of weeks.

Still on the bottom rung, “Latinologues” grossed a paltry $69,642, but nonetheless aims to hang on through the end of its limited run Dec. 4.

The 21 musicals grossed $13,913,478 for 87.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 197,881 at 86.3% of capacity.

The five plays grossed $1,934,753 for 12.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 27,657 at 87.0% capacity.

Average paid admission was $76.89 for musicals, $69.96 for plays and $70.27 for all shows.

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