Receipts down at almost every one of 19 shows
Broadway continued its late-summer slippage in Week 14 (Aug. 23-30), with box office down at almost every one of the 19 shows on the boards.Sales declined a cumulative $910,000 to $16.9 million. Attendance slid to 86.4%, off from the 88% reported last year at this time (in a sesh that included the weekend before Labor Day, which falls late this year). Judging from prior years, the Rialto could expect one more week of decent-to-middling biz before the annual post-Labor Day slump, which last year pulled receipts down by $4 million and saw overall attendance plummet to 71%. The 19 musicals grossed $16,692,024 for 98.5% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 180,620 at 86.5% capacity and average paid admission of $92.42. The one play grossed $248,441 for 1.5% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 3,706 at 78.7% capacity and average paid admission of $67.04. Average paid admission was $91.90 for all shows.