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NEW YORK — Broadway continues its recovery from the Fourth of July doldrums. Receipts for Week 7 (July 11-17) were up $632,054, or 4.04%, for a record-setting tally of $16,268,710. That’s up about $800,000 from the mid-July 2004 total. Paid attendance then came to 233,403; last week it was 239,051.

Most shows were up, although there were negligible dips for the twin behemoths “Wicked” ($1,297,582), down $4,674, and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($994,240), down $15,823. Both shows continued at 100%-plus capacity.

More significant was the $18,512 slide for “The Pillowman” ($308,415), which is not following in the footsteps of “Doubt” ($550,109). The John Patrick Shanley play saw its receipts increase $22,310, setting yet another house record at the Walter Kerr, even as its capacity shrunk to 91% from its usual 99.9%-plus.

There was also minor slippage at “Jackie Mason: Freshly Squeezed” ($109,212), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” ($217,900), on its seven-perf sked, and “Movin’ Out” ($457,856), which a year ago was doing $210,000 more a week.

In the top 10, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($851,970) saw the week’s biggest increase, up $91,162, to put in its second highest-grossing session to date and its best capacity numbers: 98.1%.

Doing 99.8% in mid-July, “The Phantom of the Opera” ($814,857) continues to be reborn each week. Receipts there were up $37,748 from the previous week. From a year ago, receipts have grown a whopping $180,000.

The 21 musicals grossed $13,881,161 for 85.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 201,530 at 86.1% of capacity.

The eight plays grossed $2,387,549 for 14.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 37,521 at 68.0% of capacity.

Average paid admission was $68.88 for musicals, $63.63 for plays and $68.06 for all shows.

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