B.O. rises; ‘Texas’ 601g

Road Grosses

NEW YORK — The road continued to rise during Week 42 (March 12-18), with receipts totaling $15,733,564, an 11% rise from the prior frame.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” starring Ann-Margret, is proving a strong draw. It netted $601,497 in Indianapolis after a strong week in Philly.

In its second week on the chart, “Saturday Night Fever” dropped by more than $100,000 in its Chicago stand, netting $649,181.

Estimates for last week:

BALTIMORE

Swing (M) Morris Mechanic Theatre ($69; 1,611; $735,320) (3/12/01-3/18/01).

Last wk, $574,106.

BOSTON

Beauty and the Beast (M-3rd Co.) The Wang Center ($64/$54; 3,640; $1,405,334) (3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW. $735,637 in Akron, Oh.

Last wk, $991,141.

Dame Edna (P) Wilbur ($65; 1,199; $502,562)(2/20/01-3/18/01).

PW, $457,602

Last (4th) wk, $467,241.

BUFFALO, N.Y.

Ragtime (M) Shea’s Performing Arts Center ($55; 3,169; $1,189,682)(3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $545,222 in Rochester, N.Y.

Last wk, $755,366.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

The Phantom of the Opera (M-3rd Co.) Blumenthal ($67; 2,017; $937,068)(2/28/01-3/25/01).

PW, $888,444

Last (2nd) wk, $893,658.

CHICAGO

Saturday Night Fever (M) Oriental Theatre ($74.50; 2,243; $1,023,598) (3/12/01-3/18/01)

PW, $788,917.

Last (2nd) wk, $649,181.

DALLAS

Fiddler on the Roof (M-B&T-R) Music Hall ($61; 3,420; $1,259,452)(3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $804,716 in San Diego.

Last wk, $618,681.

DENVER

Copacabana (M) Buell ($55; 2,808; $1,023,210) (3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $643,326 in Denver.

Last (2nd) wk, $626,285.

DETROIT

Fame (M-R) Detroit Opera House ($55; 2,778; $812,313) (3/13/01-3/18/01).

PW, $245,867 at Coral Springs, Fla. (3 perf), and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (4 perf).

Last wk, $376,442.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.

Cabaret (M-R) Broward Center ($59; 2,688; $1,171,320)(3/5/01-3/18/01).

PW, $767,841

Last (2nd) wk, $843,672.

FORT WAYNE, IND.

Les Miserables (M-B&T-3rd Co.) ($59; 2,477; $741,309)( 3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $1,007,578 in St. Louis.

Last (1st) wk, $438,292.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (M) Clowes Memorial Hall ($54; 2,106; $862,709)(3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $701,366 in Philadelphia.

Last wk, $601,497.

LOS ANGELES

The Lion King (M) Pantages ($125 VIP package; 2,703; $1,441,739)(10/1/00-OE).

PW, $1,333,682.

Last (25th) wk, $1,330,053.

Mamma Mia (M) Shubert ($70; 2,127; $1,061,796)(2/22/00/-5/12/01).

PW, $806,456.

Last wk, $839,438.

MINNEAPOLIS

The Civil War (M) Historic State Theater ($52.50; 2,125; $741,262 (3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $178,679 in Detroit.

Last wk, $422,065.

NASHVILLE, TENN.

Fosse (M) Tennessee Pac ($57; 2,425; $687,840)(3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $586, 443 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Last (1st) wk, $542,378.

ORLANDO, FL.

Cinderella (M) Bob Carr ($55; 20,744; $1,012,431)(3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW, $664, 424 in Louisville, Ky.

Last (2nd) wk, $763,936.

RALEIGH, NC

The Scarlet Pimpernel (M) Memorial Auditorium ($67; 2,257; $799,040)(3/12/01-3/18/01).

PW$407,615 in Cleveland.

Last (1st) wk, $438,094.

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.

Riverdance (M) Sacramento Community Center ($65; 2,452; $1,031,235)(3/5/01-3/18/01).

PW, $884,120.

Last (2nd) wk, $992,272.

SAN FRANCISCO

The Vagina Monologues (P) Theatre on the Square ($50; 729; $218,415)(1/23/01-3/25/01).

PW, $195,740.

Last (6th) wk, $137,708.

ST. PAUL, MINN.

Rent (M-2nd Co.) Orway Theater ($65; 1,886; $789,980).

PW, $541,973 in Evansville Ind. (3 perf). and Kalamazoo, Mich. (5 perf).

Last (1st) wk, $701,254.

TORONTO

A Flea in Her Ear (P) Elgin (C$65; 1,500; C$63,630/$41,417)(2/23/01-4/9/01).

PW, C$265,723.

Last (3rd) wk, C$306,476/$196,144

The Lion King (M) Princess of Wales (C$115/$76; 1,986; C$1,352,382/$895,142)(3/30/00-OE).

PW, C$1,322,194.

Last (50th) wk, C$1,342,531/$859,219

Mamma Mia (M) Royal Alexandra (C$93/$62; 1,446; C$807,986/$534,806)(5/10/00- 2/25/01).

PW, C$802,916.

Last (44th) wk, C$813,693/$520,763.

WILMINGTON, DEL.

Leader of the Pack (M) Playhouse Theatre ($58; 1,251; $245,00).

Last wk, $154,678.

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. (E) means figures were not available and were estimated based on performances in recent weeks. As with Broadway box office reports, the quoted figures for touring and local non-New York productions represent net amount, that is, after deduction of subscription discounts and theater party, credit, computer and other sales commissions.

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