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B’way’s bucking up

B.O. drop less than usual for pre-July 4 week

Broadway sustained a smaller B.O. blow than usual in its pre-Fourth of July session. Twenty-nine shows brought in $13,625,549, with receipts down only $210,967 (or 1.52%) from the previous week.

In the past two years, 5% drops were recorded, with total tallies in the neighborhood of $13.1 million. The 2002 numbers represent a record, although last week’s paid attendance of 222,879 is off about 12,000 from a year ago.

Eight shows saw upticks during the last week of June. “Urinetown” was rewarded with the biggest increase, much of it due to the tuner’s return to a regular eight-perf sked. Having done only six the previous session (a leaky theater resulted in cancellation of two performances), “Urinetown” rebounded with another $80,541, its final gross at $355,452 — just $30,000 under its gross potential.

In another sked change, “Mostly Sondheim” went from one to two performances, with $27,786 to show for it. The Barbara Cook show grossed $69,718. In its final week, the Roundabout’s revival of “The Man Who Had All the Luck” grossed $298,169, up $10,119.

For the fourth straight week, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” continued its climb back into very profitable territory. Up $18,350, the comedy produced $239,640 with Rhea Perlman as the new headliner. And in Jennifer Jason Leigh’s final week, “Proof” found an additional $13,784 to close with $216,021. Anne Heche goes into the drama this week.

As for the kids-out-of-school effect, “Beauty and the Beast” jumped $14,830 to close with $639,603. Ditto “The Lion King,” which pocketed another $14,490, bringing its cume to $1,080,582.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” inched ever closer to its potential of $994,201. The Tony -winning musical registered a $5,295 blip to end with $912,685.

Under the top 10 shows, there were many money tumbles but none of them sizable. “Into the Woods” experienced the biggest dip. Down $37,995, the revival grossed $472,597, returning the show to its No. 11 spot on the chart.

Other shows taking hits in the low five-figures included “Cabaret” ($410,557), “Chicago” ($386,407), “The Full Monty” ($379,773), “Fortune’s Fool” ($233,410), “Les Miserables” ($359,959), “Metamorphoses” ($217,192), “Morning’s at Seven” ($117,960), “Private Lives” ($378,319) and “Topdog/Underdog” ($271,745).

In its flip-flop with “Into the Woods,” “The Graduate” ($489,588) went back to the B.O. chart’s No. 10 despite a $5,260 downtick. Under the top 10, four shows sustained similar four-figure slides: “Contact” ($247,481), “The Goat” ($186,378), “Rent” ($329,691) and “Noises Off” ($262,231), with the current Gallagher/LuPone-led ensemble leaving July 14. Jane Curtin and new troupe take over July 16.

For the first time, the average-price ticket of “Mamma Mia” ($84.28) topped that for “The Producers” ($83.93).

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