Closing 'Chorus' can't boost bottom line

NEW YORK — Broadway sales slid slightly in Week 12 (Aug. 11-17) as minor slippages affected most productions and there were few bumps of any note.

Not even the final perfs of “A Chorus Line” ($547,804) managed to pull in more theatergoers than the prior sesh. Show dipped about $18,000 in week-to-week totals — although “Thurgood” ($325,231), the other Rialto production to shutter Sunday, did report a final-week rise of about $35,000.

“Rent” ($640,608), fast approaching its Sept. 7 closing date, saw the largest climb of the week at $76,522. “The 39 Steps” ($282,780) was up only slightly but nonetheless hit its highest sum at the Cort so far.

Otherwise, most gains were in the $15,000-or-less range. Losses were, for the most part, similarly negligible.

“Legally Blonde” ($820,017) fell by a bit more than $50,000, while both “August: Osage County” ($530,513) and “Boeing-Boeing” ($418,799) each stumbled by more than $30,000.

“Mamma Mia!” ($1,042,470) dropped by about $30,000, but that didn’t keep it out of the millionaires’ club, which for the past several weeks has included “In the Heights” ($1,005,493) along with usual suspects “Wicked” ($1,527,832), “The Lion King” ($1,339,392), “The Little Mermaid” ($1,124,329) and “Jersey Boys” ($1,100,642).

Cume fell by less than $80,000 to about $18.6 million for 26 shows reporting, while estimates for “Young Frankenstein” slid to around $785,000.

Meanwhile, on the other coast, incoming Rialto tuner “Shrek” played its first six perfs in Seattle, grossing $758,464 of a potential of about $890,000 (with a $77.50 top ticket price in a 2,100-seat house).

The 23 musicals grossed $17,065,742 for 91.6% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 207,431 at 88.4% capacity and average paid admission of $82.27.

The five plays grossed $1,557,323 for 8.4% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 23,357 at 80.6% capacity and average paid admission of $66.67.

Average paid admission was $80.69 for all shows.

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