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B'way Grosses

NEW YORK — Total Broadway receipts rose to $15,412,087 for Week 19 (Oct. 3-9), up $3 million from the previous week. Cume also reps about a $3 million bump from the average take during the same sesh over the last few years.

Three shows took to the boards, with one of them, instant sellout “The Odd Couple” ($875,815), muscling its way into the top 10. That’s a great big tally for a nonmusical, courtesy of the massive draw of stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, the magical pairing that helped make “The Producers” a smash.

Remaining two debuts were the radical reimagining of “Sweeney Todd” ($432,904), already generating love-it-or-hate-it controversy among the legiterati, and “Jersey Boys,” starting slow with $266,976 for seven perfs.

Also notable was the bang-up biz for the previously struggling “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($627,406), up a whopping $226,238. Show likely benefited from the Columbus Day holiday that coincided with its family-friendly five-perf weekend sked.

“Beauty and the Beast” ($603,526), “Hairspray” ($694,461), “The Producers” ($903,253) and “The Lion King” ($1,157,746) also topped their grosses for the previous week by more than $100,000.

The only noticeable drop came from “A Naked Girl on the Appian Way” ($237,241), down $28,896 because of a heavily comped opening week.

The 21 musicals grossed $13,532,995 for 87.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 194,149 at 85.6% of capacity.

The five plays grosssed $1,879,092 for 12.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 25,459 at 80.1% capacity.

Average paid admission was $69.70 for musicals, $63.87 for plays and $73.81 for all shows.

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