Biz booms; ‘Edna’ 405g

Road grosses

NEW YORK — The road was on a roll during Week 39 (Feb. 19-25), and business was booming for the 23 shows on the circuit. Total climbed to a boffo $16,076,021, and a number of the 23 shows had stellar weeks, including “The Producers” in Chicago, which netted a strong $1,083,082 out of $1,116,080 for its last week.

Also in the pink last week were “The Phantom of the Opera” in Boston, netting $1,292,827 out of a potential $1,384,089. Also in Boston last week, “Dame Edna” picked up speed at the Wilbur theater, taking $405,541 out of $459,703.

“Rent” was tipping the scales heavily in its favor in Baltimore, netting $957,368 out of $1,030,546 and moving up considerably from the previous week’s total of $622,656.

ESTIMATES FOR LAST WEEK

BALTIMORE
Rent
(M-2nd Co.) Lyric Opera House ($64 ; $1,030,546) (2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $622,656 in Hershey, Penn.
Last (1st) wk, $957,368.

BOSTON
DAME EDNA
(P) WILBUR ($65; 1,199; $459,703)(2/20/01-3/18/01).
LAST (1ST) WK, $405,541.

The Phantom of the Opera (M-3rd Co.) Wang ($69; 3,627; $1,384,089)(1/15/01-2/24/01)
PW, $1,354,293.
Last (6th) wk, $1,292,827.

CHICAGO, ILL.
The Producers
(M-R) The Cadillac Palace ($73; 2,300; $1,116,080)(2/1/01-2/25/01).
PW, $967,768.
Last (2nd) wk, $1,083,082.

CINCINNNATI
Cinderella
(M) Aronoff ($71; 2,623; 1,016,951)(2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $735,725 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Last (1st) wk, $718,908.

DES MOINES, WIS.
Ragtime
(M) Civic Cntr. ($55; 2,653; $999,916)(2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $541,594 in Green Bay, Wis.
Last (1st) wk, $706,708.

DETROIT, MICH.
Beauty and the Beast
(M-3rd Co.) Masonic Temple Theater ($60; 2,587; $970,911) (2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $915,441 in Birmingham, Ala.
Last (1st) wk, $530,581.

LOS ANGELES
The Lion King
(M) Pantages ($125 VIP package; 2,703; $1,497,960)(10/1/00-OE).
PW, $1,497,960.
Last (22nd) wk, $1,333,680.

Mamma Mia (M) Shubert ($65; 2.127; $735,728)(2/22/00/-5/12/01).
PW, $972,485 in San Francisco.
Last (15th) wk, $658,653.

LOUISVILLE, KY.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
(M) The Kentucky Center ($66; 2,479; $1,003,743)(2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $580,414 in Columbus, OH.
Last (1st) wk, $428,832.

MEMPHIS, TN.
Fosse
(M) Orpheum ($63; 2,453; $635,434)(2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, 710,978 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Last (1st) wk, $517,963.

PALM DESERT, CALIF.
Riverdance
(M) McCallum ($105; 1,097; $875,610)(2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $827,790 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Last (1st) wk, $851,215.

PITTSBURGH
Fame
(M-R) Benedum ($55; 2,821; $1,111,496)(2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $379,611 in Tallahassee, Fla. (2 perf) and Fort Myers, FL (5 perf).
Last (1st) wk, $936,562.

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Cabaret
(M-R) Merriam Cntr. ($69.50; 1,870; $906,808)(2/12/01-2/25/01).
PW, $717,344.
Last (2nd) wk, $691,048.

SAN FRANCISCO
The Vagina Monologues
(P) Theater on the Square ($50; 729; $218,415)(1/23/01-3/4/01).
PW, $231,643.
Last 5th) wk, $204,275.

PASADENA, CALIF.
Copacabana
(M) Civic Aud. ($65; 2,931; $1,193,160)(2/19/01-2/25/01).
PW, $470,997 in Seattle.
Last (1st) wk, $443,125.

ST. LOUIS, MO.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
(M-B&T-R) FOX ($70; 4,278; $1,538,656)(2/20/01-2/25/01).
PW, $614,562 in Wallingford, Conn.
LAST (1ST) WK, $1,039,970.

TAMPA, FL.
Les Miserables
(M-B&T-3rd Co.) Tampa Bay PAC ($60; 2,466; $957,877)( 2/12/00-2/25/01).
PW, $818,795.
Last (1st) wk, $812,513.

TORONTO
A Flea in Her Ear
(P) Elgin (C$65; 1,500; C$63,630/$41,417)(2/23/01-4/9/01).
Last (1st) wk, C$57,077 ($37,151)(3 perf).

The Lion King (M) Princess of Wales (C$115/$76; 1,986; C$1,352,382/$895,142)(3/30/00-OE).
PW, C$1,345,092 ($875,520).
Last (47th) wk, C$1,346,854 ($876,667).

Mamma Mia (M) Royal Alexandra (C$93/$62; 1,446; C$807,986/$534,806)(5/10/00- 2/25/01).
PW, C$800,680 ($521,163).
Last (41st) wk, C$799,464 ($520,371).

Stones in His Pockets (P) Wintergarden (C$65/$43; 991; C,335,000/$218,052)(1/9/01-2/25/01).
PW, C$325,467 ($211,846) (9perf).
Last (6th) wk, C$323,499 ($210,565).

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. Copyright 2001 VARIETY Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction or distribution strictly prohibited.

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