Biz up; ‘Drowsy’ $1m

B'way Grosses

The Columbus Day holiday gave Broadway a boost in Week 19 (Oct. 2-8), with almost every show on the boards better than the previous sesh, combining for a total of $15,972,821.

There were five shows in the millionaires’ club for the week, including “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which posted its highest numbers since it began performances in April.

Nathan Lane starrer “Butley” began previews by drawing impressive crowds, playing to more than 100% capacity, and “Grey Gardens,” also in its first week, played to about 82% capacity.

The only productions to see dips were “A Chorus Line,” down a bit due in part to a comp-heavy opening week, and “Chicago,” which fell by more than $130,000, attributable to the fact that its cash-cow replacement star, Usher, was out sick over the weekend.

Recently opened ventriloquist show “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” continued to struggle, playing to less than 30% capacity.

Due to the holiday, grosses for the Roundabout’s revival of “Heartbreak House” were not reported.

The 21 musicals grossed $15,248,841 for 95.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 159,982 at 72.2% capacity.

The four plays grossed $723,980 for 4.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 10,153 at 53.5% capacity.

Average paid admission was $95.32 for musicals, $71.31 for plays and $80.58 for all shows.

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