B.O. takes a beating

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway was hit hard during Week 15 (Sept. 2-8) as the Jewish holidays, the NFL kickoff in Times Square and Sept. 11 jitters combined to depress B.O. Receipts tumbled by a staggering 35.6% to $9,087,135. Attendance was down by a similar 36% to 146,922.

Six-figure drops were the norm, with “42nd Street” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” taking the biggest hits, of more than $300,000. Tourist stalwarts like “Aida” and “Beauty and the Beast” weren’t far behind.

Only show to buck the downward trend was SRO “Hairspray,” which rose by $1,818 to $866,565.

The 17 musicals grossed $7,982,431 for 87.8% of the Broadway total. Attendance of 123,812 repped 65.1% of capacity.

The six plays grossed $1,104,704 for 12.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 23,110 at 52.3% of capacity.

The average ticket prices were $64.47 for musicals, $47.80 for plays and $61.85 for all shows.

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