'Wicked' holds onto top, 'Lion King' moves to second
Broadway continued its slow box office climb up from the traditional Labor Day dip. In all 24 shows took in $12,957,926, a gain of $553,215 from the previous week.With attendance up almost 14,000 to 196,143, that’s a decent tally for a normally slow time. The Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur often fall around this time to slow down biz, but this year they don’t come until October. Up a blip of $14,282, “Wicked” ($1,263,292) held its top spot, while “The Lion King” ($1,069,224) jumped $55,513 to retake its No. 2 position from “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($1,032,588), which fell a minor $18,121. Nearly every show saw a five-figure increase this sesh — with the Brooke Shields-toplined “Chicago” ($527,606) up $76,549 — but the biggest gainer was below the top 10. Rosie O’Donnell’s first week in “Fiddler on the Roof” ($486,875) drove up sales by a whopping $188,718. Last-chance sales brought boosts to two shows: “All Shook Up” ($359,602) rose $46,659 in its closing week, but over at “Lennon” ($280,872), the final-week bump was just $12,989. Along with “Spamalot,” only “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($423,970, down $22,728) and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” ($343,859, down $33,304) reported drops. Meanwhile, two new offerings have yet to burn up the box office. “Absurd Person Singular” debuted at $107,270 for five preview performances, and “Latinologues” had a particularly rough bow, taking in just $37,714 for a full week of eight previews.
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