Broadway swings for ‘Fences’

Denzel's a B.O. draw even in a down week

Broadway sales continued to soften in week 47 (April 12-18) following the annual spring-break boost — but that didn’t stop playgoers from turning out en masse for Denzel Washington.

“Fences,” the revival of the August Wilson play toplined by Washington and Viola Davis, began perfs, playing just six previews but nonetheless pulling in a hefty $703,724 and playing to auds at about 98% of capacity. That B.O. power echoes the success Washington saw with 2005 Main Stem outing “Julius Caesar.”

Most productions on the boards saw their individual tallies decline, with the large-scale crowd-pleasers, as usual, hardest hit by the post-spring break slowdown of Gotham tourist traffic. “Mary Poppins” ($819,578) fell 32% (or about $390,000), while “The Phantom of the Opera” ($864,039) and “West Side Story” ($858,057) were among the shows to slide around 20% each. Total Broadway sales slipped $1.3 million to $21.2 million for 33 shows on the boards. Attendance was down about 7,000 to 260,484.

The 24 musicals grossed $17,862,169 for 84.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 214,683 at 82.7% capacity and average paid admission of $83.20.

The nine plays grossed $3,358,273 for 15.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 45,801 at 70.1% capacity and average paid admission of $73.32.

Average paid admission was $81.47 for all shows.

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