Sales down despite valiant farewells

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Departing Broadway shows got a jolt of box office adrenalin in Week 5 (June 25-July1), but overall sales were down as more than half of the productions on the boards saw receipts dip.

In its final frame, the shuttering, Tony-winning revival “Company” ($448,157) leapt by more than $115,000, while the August Wilson play “Radio Golf” ($255,162), also playing its last perfs, rose by more than $80,000.

Those two offerings saw the largest bumps of the week by far. Total Rialto grosses for the sesh slid to about $19.7 million, down from $20.4 million the prior frame.

“The Color Purple” ($926,853) and “Legally Blonde” ($906,422), two shows in the millionaires’ club the week before, both fell by around $100,000. “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($531,878) dropped by more than $65,000, “Deuce” ($233,648) sank by more than $50,000, and, after about a month of steady growth, “Frost/Nixon” ($505,947) dropped by more than $45,000.

“Spring Awakening” ($758,196), however, held onto the momentum of its eight Tony wins, hitting best-so-far sales figures and playing to more than 98% capacity. But “Grey Gardens” ($439,922), which scored three statues on Tony night, wilted by about $25,000 and announced it wouldn’t make it through the summer. Show closes July 29, when one of the production’s kudos recipients, thesp Mary Louise Wilson, leaves her co-starring role.

“Tarzan” ($635,186), the Disney tuner that posted a surprise closing notice recently, rose by about $30,000 in its penultimate week. Also on the upswing: new tuner “Xanadu” ($199,214), which rose by $25,000.

The 25 musicals grossed $17,842,347 for 90.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 232,911 at 90.1% capacity.

The six plays grossed $1,819,763 for 9.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 31,026 at 70.3% capacity.

Average paid admission was $76.61 for musicals, $58.65 for plays and $74.50 for all shows.

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