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Biz off; ‘Wicked’ $1.2 m

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway box office took a big 11.1% tumble during Week 22 (Oct. 25-31), down to $11,102,206, with attendance falling 9.3% to 176,761.

Drop might be partly attributed to some combination of Halloween events over the weekend and the anticipation of the presidential election.

The receipts figure is more than $3 million below last year at this time (Week 23 of last season, Oct. 27-Nov. 2), although there were 32 shows then vs. 26 now.

“Fiddler on the Roof” took the biggest hit, dropping $178,071 to $406,343. “Bombay Dreams” plunged $173,514 to $370,204, far south of its previous record low ($431,101, Week 17). “Wonderful Town” stumbled $153,845 to $383,132, though a rep for the show said last-minute changes to the performance sked could be partly to blame. Seven other shows had six-digit drops.

Fittingly, the only long-running show to boost its gross was the holiday-appropriate “Wicked” (up $10,184 to $1,195,979). Tuner sells out every week, but premium ticket sales went up as a result of Halloween and events celebrating the tuner’s first anniversary Oct. 30.

Other gainers included “Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore,” up $45,465 to $126,352, and “Brooklyn,” which went from seven perfs to eight, climbing $97,219 to $336,018. Both shows were coming off opening-night week.

The 18 musicals grossed $9,852,808 for 88.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 151,365 at 72.8% of capacity.

The eight plays grossed $1,249,398 for 11.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 25,396 at 56.9% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $65.09 for musicals, $49.20 for plays and $62.81 for all shows.

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