Total receipts were down for season
Broadway biz held steady for the week ending Oct. 2, with many shows’ grosses rising or falling by unremarkable five-figure margins.For the 23 shows on the boards, total receipts were down $605,789 to $12,352,137. That’s on the healthy side of average for the normally lackluster early autumn season, and a big chunk of that dip came from “Rent” ($60,519), down $261,960 due to renovations to the theater’s sound system that shuttered the production for all but two of the week’s performances. (Show picks up again Wednesday.) “Spamalot” ($1,071,021) set a Shubert Theater box office record for the 10th time, with capacity at nearly 102% and an average paid admission of $91.24. It was enough to nudge “The Lion King” ($1,050,497) off the top 10’s second rung again, but not enough to overtake B.O. leader “Wicked” ($1,266,499). On the other end of the spectrum is “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” which fell $22,802 to $401,168, against a gross potential of $1,224,682. With its average paid admission down at $46.44, “Chitty” looks hardest hit by the fall doldrums. “In My Life” played its first four previews, taking in $88,732 from a 48.4% capacity crowd, while the Manhattan Theater Club revival of “Absurd Person Singular” ($178,053) had its first full week of performances and picked up $70,783 for its additional three shows.