Biz steady; ‘Life’ 289g

'Lion,' 'Mamma' see major B.O. declines

NEW YORK — Broadway grosses held steady during Week 45 (March 31-April 6), slipping by just 1.7% to $12,355,564. Attendance of 197,703 was off by 1.2%.

But most shows saw declines at the B.O. It was three new shows in previews — “Gypsy,” “A Year With Frog and Toad” and “The Look of Love” — that kept the numbers from slipping further.

Some major musicals, including “The Lion King” and “Mamma Mia!,” saw declines of about $100,000.

Despite mediocre reviews, “Life (x) 3” saw an upswing during its opening week, rising by $33,676 to an impressive $289,195 for its first eight perfs.

The 22 musicals grossed $10,946,240 for 88.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 164,895 at 69.7% of capacity.

The eight plays grossed $1,409,324 for 11.4% of capacity, with attendance of 32,808 at 59.8% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $66.38 for musicals, $42.96 for plays and $63.17 for all shows.

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