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Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — After two big-money weeks, Broadway biz fell off a bit in Week 48 (April 24-30) — but its $19,302,216 tally still beat last year’s strong showing for the same sesh.

Biggest surprise came from “Jersey Boys” ($1,002,341), surging ahead into the No. 3 slot, below perennial top earners “Wicked” ($1,310,827) and “The Lion King” ($1,157,115).

Where was top-three usual suspect “Monty Python’s Spamalot”? Way down in the No. 6 slot, behind “The Color Purple” and “Mamma Mia!”. A dip in “Spamalot’s” premium ticket sales was the culprit.

All these shows, indeed most on the Rialto, saw a drop in grosses, particularly long-running stalwarts such as “The Producers” and “Rent.”

New tuner “Lestat” was down, thanks to opening comps and a seven-perf week; the effect of the critical pans will be seen in the coming weeks. “The History Boys,” though, was buoyed $110,000-plus by the praise Alan Bennett’s play garnered after its April 23 opening.

The well-reviewed revival of “Awake and Sing!” ($242,647) also climbed a bit, as did “Hot Feet” ($252,097), though in its heavily comped opening week. (Critics bashed “Feet,” so that rising action may be short-lived.)

“Tarzan” continued to draw capacity crowds, and Julia Roberts starrer “Three Days of Rain” didn’t quite sell out due to second-night comps, but its take for the week doesn’t give producers much to complain about.

Ralph Fiennes starrer “Faith Healer” continues to do well, while legiters were watching “The Drowsy Chaperone” to see if its May 1 opening earns enough strong reviews to drive its B.O. up into hit territory.

The 25 musicals grossed $14,802,336 for 76.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 212,720 at 80.6% capacity.

The 13 plays grossed $4,499,880 for 23.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 65,606 at 65.5% capacity.

Average paid admission was $69.59 for musicals, $68.59 for plays and $69.35 for all shows.

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