B’way business perks up

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses stabilized after a three week slump during Week 51 (May 14-21). Despite the closing of four shows the previous week, box office receipts inched up 2% to a total of $14,439,110. Total attendance for the remaining 33 shows was 257,727, just a fraction below the previous week’s tally.

Twenty-nine of the shows posted gains, including “The Producers,” which reaped $4,037 more than the previous week. The biggest gains were posted by “Blast!” (up $87,895), “The Music Man,” ($76,972), “42nd Street” (up $65, 823) and the veteran “Les Miserables” (up $65,259) but an additional 16 shows improved by at least $30,000.

Of the shows that slipped, only “Bells are Ringing” had a dangerous fall, tumbling by $58,332 to only $242,173 while playing to half of capacity.

The successful run of Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner’s “The Search for Signs of Intellgent Life in the Univers” and the less successful “Seussical” closed.

The 24 musicals totaled $12,126,404 for 83.9% of the Broadway returns, with paid attendance of 209,271 at 80.9% of musical capacity.

The nine plays totaled $2,312,706 for 16.1% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 48,456 at 73.1% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $56.02 for all shows, $56.33 for musicals and $47.73 for plays.

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