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B'way Grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway shook off some of its winter doldrums in Week 37 (Feb. 5-11), with most shows posting box office gains over the prior week.

Tally of grosses for the 28 productions on the boards rose to $14.5 million, about $600,000 higher than the previous frame. Total’s about a half million more than that logged in the same frame in 2005 but not quite as high as the strong showing ($14.7 million) posted in the equivalent week in 2003.

“Spring Awakening” looked particularly strong, climbing more than $65,000 to beat out spectacle tuners such as “Les Miserables,” “Tarzan” and “The Producers.”

“The Color Purple” saw a sizable $95,000 bump, and “The Lion King” rose $85,000 — not enough to beat its newer Disney sibling, “Mary Poppins,” which held onto third place.

Among the season’s musical offerings, “Grey Gardens” climbed back up over the $400,000 line, and “Company” stepped up about $55,000.

Still feeling some winter chill, several shows remained stuck under the $300,000 mark, including “The Vertical Hour” and “Rent.”

Meanwhile, “The Little Dog Laughed” hasn’t picked up any biz as it heads into its final week. And “Journey’s End,” the only new offering of the sesh, was sparsely attended. Its first five perfs grossed just $80,139 at 34% capacity.

The 23 musicals grossed $13,321,643 for 91.9 % of the Broadway total, with attendance of 178,243 at 73.0% capacity.

The five plays grossed $1,174,009 for 8.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 21,323 at 62.2% capacity.

Average paid admission was $74.74 for musicals, $55.06 for plays and $72.64 for all shows.

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