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Biz off; ‘Proof’ 406g

Majority of B'Way shows see ticket rise

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses slipped by a small 1.6% in Week 10 (July 30-Aug. 5). The B.O. total fell to $13,225,927, while attendance dipped to 227,523, a slightly larger falloff of 3.4%.

The majority of shows — 15 of the 26 — saw gains at the wickets, with “Proof” leading the pack. That show was up by $100,991 to $406,909, reflecting the returnd of star Mary-Louise Parker.

Shows seeing major dips included “Riverdance” (off $51,189 to $586,648) and “The Rocky Horror Show” (down $47,858 to $242,499). Also seeing a significant if not cataclysmic downturn was Charles Busch’s “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” where Valerie Harper took over from Linda Lavin in the title role.

The 19 musicals grossed $11,444,229 for 86.5% of the Broadway total, with musical attendance of 189,921 representing 88.4% of capacity.

The seven plays tallied $1,781,698 for 13.5% of the Broadway total. Attendance of 37,602 was at 70% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $60.26 for musicals, $47.38 for plays and $58.10 for all shows

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