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Broadway box office up despite closures

Most shows post gains

NEW YORK– There were fewer shows on Broadway in Week 8 (July 12-18) than in the prior frame, due to a handful of closings — but the Street’s overall B.O. nonetheless managed to rise.

Almost every production on the boards posted gains. Most notable, perhaps, was the $60,000 rise at “Memphis” ($953,528), which continues to approach the million-dollar mark in the wake of its top-tuner Tony. “Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway” debuted at $757,620.

The return of “A Little Night Music” ($501,212), now starring Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch, posted decent numbers but not the heights when it was toplined by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Of the few declines logged by individual productions, none were dire. Still, two tuners that attracted Tony attention in the spring, “Fela!” ($511,505) and “Million Dollar Quartet” ($474,929), could use a bit of the summer lift felt by the rest of the Main Stem.

Total sales for the frame hit $20.1 million for 25 shows on the boards, up about $750,000 from the previous sesh. Attendance (221,227) rose by approximately 20,000.

The 23 musicals grossed $19,523,230 for 97% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 212,124 at 85.6% capacity and average paid admission of $92.04.

The two plays grossed $603,428 for 3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 9,103 at 55.3% capacity and average paid admission of $66.29.

Average paid admission was $90.98 for all shows.

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