April turning cruel for Broadway shows

'Phantom,' 'Horror,' 'Gypsy' see big drops

Lots of shows, fewer dollars: Not a good sign.

Broadway’s 31 productions brought in receipts of $15,843,640, down $1,228,517 or 7.2% from the previous record-setting session. There was no cigar last week. The end-of-April tally from 2000 continues to reign. Back then, 36 shows produced $16.79 million.

Last week, only seven productions managed to improve. Up $37,098, “Match” ($265,728) looked especially strong, putting in its second gain in as many weeks. On paper, the previewing “Bombay Dreams” ($587,013) had the week’s biggest increase, up $72,064. But hold on: The previous week included one totally comped perf. The tuner opens Thursday.

There were also minor B.O. bumps for “Golda’s Balcony” ($156,590), “I Am My Own Wife” ($154,591), “A Raisin in the Sun” ($393,389) and “Sixteen Wounded” ($121,830) in its first and final week of regular performances.

Despite the Post’s reports of taboo sex on the Longacre stage, “Prymate” ($23,663) performed at 8.3% capacity. Going from four to eight previews, receipts increased a mere $13,812.

Elsewhere under the top 10, there were a few mighty decreases. “The Phantom of the Opera” ($566,049) and “Little Shop of Horrors” ($395,384) dropped $111,442 and $82,260, respectively.

A May 30 closing notice created no splurge at “Gypsy” ($443,121), which fell $29,846. Meanwhile, “Wonderful Town” ($430,812) waits for Tony noms as its receipts dropped $43,459. Capacity there was only 51.6%.

Five-figure declines also befell “Aida” ($573,275), “Avenue Q” ($367,695), “Rent” ($307,632), “Sly Fox” ($425,999) and “Twentieth Century” ($243,079), which put in only seven perfs.

Performing at 70.3% capacity, “Caroline, or Change” ($336,899) was down four figures, as was “Chicago” ($502,762).

Lots of opening-night press comps caused the usual slippage at “Assassins” ($305,489) and “Jumpers” ($239,573), which took respective hits of $21,747 and $59,573. Caps were 78.2% and 88.8%, respectively.

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