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NEW YORK — Broadway grosses tumbled during the first week of the new season (May 26-June 1). Receipts fell by 11.4% to $13,408,261 for the 29 shows on the boards.

Attendance of 213,771 was off by 10.3% week-to-week.

Most shows saw downturns at the B.O., with tourist tuners like “Aida,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “42nd Street” notching major drops. Even “The Producers” took a big hit, falling by $85,219 to $904,024.

Plays did little better, with five-figure drops afflicting “Enchanted April,” “Life (x) 3” and “Take Me Out.”

Among the few shows bucking the downward trend was the powerhouse revival of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” which rose by $49,451 to $603,178.

The 20 musicals grossed $11,082,029 for 82.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 171,186 at 77.8% of capacity.

The nine plays grossed $2,326,232 for 17.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 42,585 at 67% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $64.74 for musicals, $54.63 for plays and $62.72 for all shows.

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