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Four bows fail to boost buggy B’way

'Edna,' 'Fever' raise spirits

Broadway dropped nearly half a million dollars in total receipts, to $9,752,342, despite the appearance of four new shows in previews: “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Marie Christine,” “The Price” and “Putting It Together.”

Nearly all established shows dropped, but two newcomers — “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour” and “Saturday Night Fever” — weren’t among them.

Barry Humphries’ tour continued its royal climb, finding another $24,488 at the Booth Theater. His “Dame Edna” now rests on $244,238 out of a gross potential of $327,314. “Saturday Night Fever” raised its spirits by $26,899 to reach $701,808, with a potential of $901,190.

“Death of a Salesman” and “The Lion King” did marginally better and were the only sellouts. All other shows took a dip. Least affected were “Cabaret” and “Fosse,” which registered mini-declines of $17,721 and $22,763, respectively.

Diminishing ‘Proportions’

“Epic Proportions” took yet another big hit, falling $43,891 to bottom at $66,314 out of a $301,055 potential. Its $36.20 average ticket price was the week’s second-lowest. (In previews, “The Price” offered an extremely reasonable $23.87.)

On the musical side, “Footloose” is losing footing, with its $125,644 drop the most precipitous on Broadway. Now standing at $292,103 out of a potential $668,386, its average ticket price is a bargain-basement $40.01. Other steep declines were recorded by “Annie Get Your Gun” ($112,602), “Cats” ($98,212), “Les Miserables” ($95,549) and “Ragtime” ($94,111).

Not that some little guys didn’t also suffer. “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” slumped $41,797, while “Kat and the Kings” slid $34,311 from the week before.

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