'Beast,' 'Woman in White' on the rise

Broadway biz usually picks up around this time of year, as sales pull out of the typically slow sessions of early fall, and this year was no exception. For the week ending Nov. 13, overall grosses grew to $17,742,402, up a hefty $2,483,563 from the previous week.

Biggest winner was “Jersey Boys” ($667,407), rising $244,669 in the wake of strong reviews (and despite the fact that the week included two heavily comped press perfs). Critics also lavished praise on “Sweeney Todd” ($568,275), but that show bumped up a somewhat less stellar $125,277.

“Beauty and the Beast” ($581,202) rose an impressive $184,361, and “The Woman in White” ($778,772) jumped $169,186, thanks in part to the addition of an eighth performance to the sked.

“Fiddler on the Roof” ($559,107), “Rent” ($521,931), and “Sweet Charity” ($509,566) all saw gains of about $160K, while “Hairspray” ($658,910), “Chicago” ($548,667), “Movin’ Out” ($536,543) experienced rises in the low six figures.

“The Color Purple” ($499,571) held steady, even though it played only six previews vs. the seven of the previous sesh, while “A Touch of the Poet” joined the fray and took in $208,509 for its first five previews.

Even “Latinologues” ($86,739), perennially in last place, climbed $19,752, which, at least proportionally reps solid progress, but “In My Life” ($182,699), publicity blitz notwithstanding, saw a slight slide of $3,819.

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