'Chaperone,' 'Poppins,' 'Phantom' take a dive
Broadway grosses went for their usual late-August dip last week, with total receipts dropping $1.5 million to $16.2 million for 22 shows on the boards.Not only did most shows diminish at the B.O. to varying degrees, but no longer in the picture were plays “Frost/Nixon,” “Deuce” and “Old Acquaintance,” which all shuttered Aug. 19. The week was particularly tough on “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($444,149), which fell almost $103,000 — the largest drop of the frame — and played to just 58% of capacity. “Mary Poppins” ($1,065,649) and “The Phantom of the Opera” ($759,911) both slid by nearly $100,000, while “Les Miserables” ($476,592) was off by about $92,000 and “Legally Blonde” ($889,060) was down by around $85,000. Of all the shows to slip last week, “Xanadu” ($341,527) took the tiniest tumble, falling a negligible $2,000. Only three productions stepped up sales. “Grease” ($818,991) rose by more than $75,000, proving that its lackluster reviews don’t matter (at least not yet). Meanwhile, Fantasia, who was sick last week, returned to “The Color Purple” ($966,826) to bump up biz by $70,000, and in its final week, “The Year of Magical Thinking” ($215,765) rose by more than $40,000. Multiple Tony-winner “Spring Awakening” ($788,259) was down by just over $30,000, but still held onto its spot in the top 10, which it earned for the first time last week. Despite the B.O. decline, the week’s $16.2 million cume was still ahead of receipts from about a year ago, when the tally hovered at around $15.5 million for 23 shows on the boards.