B.O. business as usual on Broadway

'Forever Tango' takes up some slack

It was status quo time on Broadway last week as 28 shows brought in $15,005,703. Although receipts dropped $436,344, or 2.83%, most of that erosion could be attributed to the absence of “Assassins,” which shuttered the previous week. Fourteen shows were up, 13 were down. New entry “Forever Tango” ($167,999) took up some of the B.O. slack.

Ticket buyers went for the new actors in “Wicked” ($1,172,927), which took the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row and put in its highest nonholiday gross for eight perfs.

“The Boy From Oz” ($893,973) reduced its sked to seven perfs, which made for a $127,958 plummet there.

Donna Murphy’s vacation took a $53,300 chunk out of “Wonderful Town” ($380,654). “Bombay Dreams” ($534,944) had less reason to drop, but fell $49,801 anyway.

The respective drops of $11,975 and $8,457 at “Frozen” ($129,218) and “Golda’s Balcony” ($114,316) are cutting it too close to the bone.

Elsewhere under the Top 10, there was minor B.O. shrinkage at “Caroline, or Change” ($351,889), “Rent” ($356,310) and “After the Fall” ($266,697), which included some crix freebies. The Arthur Miller revival opens Thursday.

Up $17,963, “The Frogs” ($475,716) defied the usual comped-preem plunge. Gaining $7,609, “I Am My Own Wife” ($238,229) continues to grow on its Tony bounce. And “Avenue Q” ($483,508) upticked $2,759, breaking its previous nonholiday high.

Other gainers under the Top 10 included “The Phantom of the Opera” ($652,880), “Fiddler on the Roof” ($588,182), “Chicago” ($578,143), “Little Shop of Horrors” ($365,805), “Mind Games” ($17,448) and “Sight Unseen” ($254,336) in its final week.

Biz as usual at Longacre

The new Broadway season just began and already there are cancellations.

Producer Vaud E. Massarsky has pulled the plug on “Syncopation” with Neve Campbell and Michael Hayden. The producer cited “financing” problems. The Allan Knee play was to have opened Oct. 24 at the Longacre Theater.

‘Easter’ cast

MCC announced casting for its next Bryony Lavery offering, “Last Easter,” which opens Oct. 7 at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

The Off Broadway ensemble features Jeffrey Carlson, Veanne Cox, Clea Lewis and Florencia Lozano. Doug Hughes directs.

Lavery’s “Frozen” continues its Broadway run.

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