'Scoundrels' biz cooling off
There may have been a heat wave, but Broadway barely broke a sweat.The much-publicized high temps in Gotham during the week ending Aug. 6 had little effect on Rialto grosses, which fell around $325,000 to $16,236,495. Largest tumble was taken by “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($444,977), which fell more than $100,000 in a development likely to fuel the ongoing rumors of the show’s imminent demise. The other $100,000 dip of the week was over at “Faith Healer” ($329,914), which seemed unable to maintain its hit-level sales through the final weeks of its extended run, which ends Sunday. “The Color Purple” ($1,155,491) and “Jersey Boys” ($1,099,413) stayed strong, though, each breaking another house record at its respective theater. “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me” ($368,116) played to about 62% of capacity in its first full week of perfs, while in its final week, “Bridge & Tunnel” ($261,356) brought in about $50,000 more than it did the previous sesh. Below the top 10, most shows saw a dip, but none seems dire. Down at the bottom of the list, “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” ($162,884) continued to struggle for auds, making the play another production that has legiters wondering just how long it’ll last.
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