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Broadway grosses

After three weeks of downturns, Broadway grosses inched back up 4.2% to $15,153,444 during Week 50 (May 3-9), with attendance up 3.7% to 234,513.

The biggest gainers were the three shows that opened the previous week –“Bombay Dreams” (up $201,038 to $766,721), “Caroline, or Change” (up $127,960 to $408,959) and “A Raisin in the Sun” (up $84,597 to $526,224).

The usually stalwart “Hairspray” took the biggest tumble, dropping $109,297 to $810,867, in Michael McKean’s first week replacing Harvey Fierstein.

Donald Margulies’s play “Sight Unseen,” a Pulitzer finalist when it was produced Off Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club in 1992, finally made it to Broadway last week, again courtesy of MTC, earning $119,032 in five previews.

Mark Medoff’s play “Prymate” opened on Wednesday and closed on Saturday, earning just $41,093 last week.

The 22 musicals grossed $12,848,855 for 84.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 192,740 at 75.9% of capacity.

The 10 plays grossed $2,304,589 for 15.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 41,773 at 63.2% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $66.66 for musicals, $55.17 for plays and $64.62 for all shows.

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