Biz Slides With Storm; ‘Phantom’ Down To 556g

As the first big winter storm hit Gotham last week, legit biz felt the chill. Receipts from the 17-show slate slid 10.4% to $5,843,099 during Week 36 (Jan. 30-Feb. 5) and attendance fell to 129,328, a 10.5% drop.

“The Phantom of the Opera” led the list of sliders, falling $79,806 to $556,229. “Crazy for You” dropped $76,245 off its previous week, and “Beauty and the Beast” dropped $75,424.

Only two shows reported gains: “The Moliere Comedies,” which opened at the Roundabout/Criterion Theater on Feb. 2 and Jackie Mason’s “Politically Incorrect,” which went from six to seven performances.

“Uncle Vanya” had four previews at the Circle in the Square Theater and is set to open Feb. 23.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $5,259,112, 90% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 111,730 at 77.9% of musical capacity.

Plays tallied $583,987, 10% of the total, with attendance of 17,598 at 62.7% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $45.18 for all shows, $47.06 for musicals and $33.19 for plays.

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