No holiday warmth at B’way’s icy B.O.

'Wicked,' 'Henry IV,' 'Avenue Q,' 'My Own Wife' impress

Despite the Martin Luther King holiday, Broadway remained locked in the cold grip of winter: Box office refused to thaw and actually fell $115,067, or 0.82%, from the previous week’s icy numbers. The holiday tally for 27 shows came to $13,964,698, down from $15.1 million a year ago when 30 productions played the boards. Paid attendance last week came to 203,215. It’s off about 30,000 from mid-January 2003, but marginally higher than the previous three years.

Among the new fare, “Wicked,” “Henry IV,” “Avenue Q” and “I Am My Own Wife” continued to impress.

“Henry IV” ($493,695), which closed Sunday, and “The Producers” ($1,380,418) managed to sell out last week despite the cold. “Avenue Q” ($406,893) came close, doing 95.9% capacity at the tiny Golden Theater. Up $2,923, the show put in its third highest-grossing week to date, just shy of Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Despite its $4,616 dip, “Wicked” ($1,013,453) came within shooting distance of “The Lion King” ($1,031,911), which took the week’s biggest hit, down $74,571.

For the second week in a row, “I Am My Own Wife” ($196,144) took top B.O. honors for a new play; solo show’s cume increased by $10,068.

In fact, most dramas managed to grow their tallies, however meager some of the final counts: “Anna in the Tropics” ($174,553), up $7,264; “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” ($382,792), up $8,983; “Golda’s Balcony” ($183,396), up $1,814; and “The Retreat From Moscow” ($175,281), up $10,495.

Tuners under the top 10 had little to celebrate. The Feb. 8 closing notice for “Taboo” ($283,063) raised its temperature a slender $1,730. With receipts rising only $18,522, box office for “Never Gonna Dance” ($369,120) continued to replicate the show’s title.

There were five-figure increases for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” ($487,746), “Little Shop of Horrors” ($427,175) and “Urinetown” ($295,142); latter tuner closed Sunday.

Traveling in the other direction, “Aida” ($484,323), “The Phantom of the Opera” ($479,912) and “Beauty and the Beast” ($424,416) each lost five figures.

Up a little, down a little: “42nd Street” ($478,294) fell $861, while “Gypsy” ($460,848) rose $1,182.

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