Biz Up; ‘Cats’ Nabs 1 Mil, ‘Chorus Line’ 781g

A big-grossing, arena-hopping “Cats” helped boost total road receipts by 6.5% during Week 47 (April 22 to 28), even though the 22-production roster was down by one from the previous week.

Receipts for road productions totaled $9,171,144. “Cats,” playing a split week at two Michigan arenas, accounted for a huge $1,016,278.

The roster was split between climbers and fallers. Eleven productions reported boxoffice improvements over the previous week, while eleven went down. Had “Cats” not stolen its thunder, “A Chorus Line” would have won the week’s Most Improved Player award with a $781,773 net at Detroit’s cavernous Fox Theater.

No surprises from the usual team of heavyweights, as productions of “Les Miserables” and “The Phantom Of The Opera” kept their own strong stride. “Grand Hotel” had a good week in Chicago, and “The Heidi Chronicles” finished its Washington, D.C., run with decent numbers.

“Peter Pan” fell in Charlotte, as did “M. Butterfly” in Cleveland. “Lend Me A Tenor” did likewise in Ft. Lauderdale, and “Greater Tuna” had a weak week in Waco.

Estimates for last week

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.

Cats (M-BT), (4/23/91-4/28/91).

PW, $560,067 at Rupp Arena, Lexington (2perf), Robert Stadium, Evansville, Ind. (lperf) and the Nutter Center, Dayton (3perf).

Last wk, $1,016,278 at the Palace, Auburn Hills, Mich. (5perf) and the Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich. (3perf).

BALTIMORE

Ziegfeld: A Night At The Follies (M-Rev), Mechanic ($42.50; 1,564; $414,048) (4/2/91-4/28/91).

PW, $311,207.

Last (4th, final) wk, $329,479.

CHARLOTTE

Peter Pan (M-R), Ovens ($29.50; 2,603; $555,339) (E) (4/23/91-4/28 91).

PW, $272,848 at the King Center, Melbourne, Fla. (3perf) and Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville, Fla. (5perf).

Last wk, $234,343.

CHICAGO

Grand Hotel (M), Chicago ($46; 3,688; $885,000) (4/23/91-4/28/91).

PW, $414,839 at Jones Hall, Houston.

Last wk, $636,000.

Les Miserables (M-lst Co.), Auditorium ($42.50-$50; 2,411; $734,168) (3/16/91-6/9/91).

PW, $665,388.

Last (6th) wk, $644,601.

CLEVELAND

M. Butterfly (P), Palace ($26; 2,714; $542,696) (4/23/91-4/28/91).

PW, $240,811 at the Fisher, Detroit.

Last wk, $213,827.

DETROIT

A Chorus Line (M), Fox ($30-$32.50; 4,804;$l, 096,485)(4/23/91-4/28/91).

PW, $496,210 at the Warner Theater, Erie, Pa. (3perf) and Shea’s Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y. (5perf).

Last wk, $781,773.

FT. LAUDERDALE

Lend Me A Tenor (P), Parker Playhouse ($33; 1,200; $297,000) (4/9/91-4/28/91).

PW, $194,083.

Last (3rd, final) wk, $186,144.

Phantom Of The Opera (M-2nd Co.), Broward ($45-$55; 2,608; $924,780) (2/26/91-5/5/91).

PW, $929,799.

Last (9th) wk, $935,145.

LOS ANGELES

A Little Night Music (M), Doolittle ($45; 1,007; $265,885) (4/18/91-6/30/91).

PW, $161,438 (lpr, 7perf).

Last (2nd) wk, $218,047.

Love Letters (P), Canon Theater ($30; 384; $87,860) (4/17/90-OE).

PW, $71,852.

Last (54th) wk, $66,030.

Phantom Of The Opera (M-lst Co.), Ahmanson ($50; 2,024; $724,665) (5/31/89-OE).

PW, $713,920.

Last (100th) wk, $715,565.

Tru (So), Fonda ($40; 863; $248,550) (4/9/91-5/5/91).

PW, $168,893.

Last (3rd) wk, $211,179.

MONTREAL

Les Miserables (M), Theatre St. Denis ($C55; 1,750; $C525,000) (1/17/91-OE).

PW, $C420,087, $365,293 (U.S.).

Last (15th) wk, $C412,400, $358,609 (U.S.).

RICHMOND, VA.

Sarafina! (M), Carpenter Center ($25.50; 2,059; $369,000) (E) (4/23/91-4/28/91).

PW, $148,832 at the New Regal, Chicago.

Last wk, $125,000 (E).

SALT LAKE CITY

Les Miserables (M-B&T), Capitol ($45; 1,917; $585,136) (4/23/91-5/4/91).

PW, $609,713 at Opera House, Spokane.

Last wk, $565,932.

SOUTH BEND, IND.

Ken Hill’s Phantom OfThe Opera (M), (4/23/91-4/28/91).

PW, $318,502 at the Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh (3perf) and the Palace, Cleveland (5perf).

Last wk, $273,461 at the Morris Civic Auditorium, South Bend, Ind. (3perf), Paramount Arts Center, Aurora, III. (lperf), Civic Center, Des Moines (2perf) and the Adler, Davenport, Iowa (lperf).

TORONTO

Dry Lips Ought To Move To Kapuskasing (P), Royal Alexandra ($C45; 1,497;$C275,000) (4/13/91-5V 25/91).

PW, $C252,159, $219,269 (U.S.).

Last (3rd) wk, $C277,265, $241,100 (U.S.).

Phantom Of The Opera (M-3d Co.), Pantages ($C70-$C85; 2,199; $01,228,268) (9/12/89-OE).

PW, $01,138,425, $989,935 (U.S.).

Last (84th) wk, $C 1,185,692, $1,031,037 (U.S.).

WACO, TEXAS

Greater Tuna (P), Hippodrome ($24; 955; $71,316) (4perf) (4/25/91-4/28/91).

PW, $73,310 at Spreckels Theater, San Diego.

Last wk, $38,298 (4perf).

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Forever Plaid (M), Ford’s ($28-$30; 699; $128,965) (3/17/91-OE).

PW, $70,000 (E).

Last (6th) wk, $84,608.

Heidi Chronicles (P), Eisenhower ($33.50-$38.50; 1,110; $307,419) (3/19 91-4/28/91).

PW, $278,681.

Last (6th, final) wk, $264,688.

Reading the Road Grosses

Abbreviations and explanations for tour shows are the same as for Broadway with the following additions: (TR) tryout, (BT) bus and truck shows, (Lp) local productions. Dates indicate when the engagements begin and end, but (OE) means open-end bookings. As with Broadway boxoffice reports, the quoted receipts figures for touring and local non-New York productions represent the net amount, that is, after deduction of subscription discounts and theater party, credit card, computer and other sales commissions.

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