Broadway B.O. gets post-holiday spark

'Fiddler,' 'Raisin,' 'Oz' see tumble

Broadway got its traditional mini-bump coming off the July 4 holiday. Twenty of the 30 productions showed improvement at the box office, bringing the total tally to $15,238,720. Receipts were up $497,815, or 3.38%, from the previous session.

There were, however, some major tumbles — and for good reason.

Off doing “Spider-Man 2” publicity, Alfred Molina missed all eight perfs of “Fiddler on the Roof” ($440,006), which made for a $55,746 drop there. Lots of comps for its final week translated into a $13,914 drop at “A Raisin in the Sun” ($645,087). Performing at 99.6% capacity, “The Boy From Oz” ($876,766) held strong but put in only seven perfs and thus slid $98,083.

Down $31,438, “Sly Fox” ($254,498) continued its slide, now running at only 58.4% capacity.

And turn up the fountain! A $73,001 plunge at “Bombay Dreams” ($537,976) sent the tuner off the top 10 chart for the first time in its run. Capacity was down to 60.5%.

Low capacity tuners

Elsewhere under the top 10, there were equally low capacity numbers for other tuners, which saw smallish five-figure bumps from the previous holiday week: “Caroline, or Change” ($361,959) performed at 68.2%, “Wonderful Town” ($369,263) did 53.3% and “Little Shop of Horrors” ($303,182) did 56.2%, with Joey Fatone not working the magic of his previous Broadway stint in “Rent.”

Speaking of which, “Rent” ($345,377) scored the week’s biggest uptick, growing $78,966. Also seeing nice bounces were “Movin’ Out” ($621,874), up $67,222; “Chicago” ($503,344), up $59,656; “The Frogs” ($455,826), up $36,604; and “Jumpers” ($225,370), up $41,346 in its final week.

Other shows under the top 10 saw somewhat less improvement coming out of the July 4 doldrums: “Aida” ($572,213), “Avenue Q” ($469,220), “Assassins” ($415,059), “Sight Unseen” ($268,960), “After the Fall” ($263,484), “I Am My Own Wife” ($200,886), “Frozen” ($140,620) and “Golda’s Balcony” ($107,071). Of the group, the Arthur Miller revival saw the biggest bump, up $22,269 from the previous week.

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