B’way plays unfazed in usually slow sesh

'Fiddler' climbs while 'Chicago' slips

Broadway settled into its usual winter-hibernation mode as 26 shows brought in $14,122,781. Receipts were down $101,701, or a nearly nonexistent 0.71%. Paid attendance took a bigger hit, off 2.16%, with 210,363 tickets sold.

Those figures fall somewhere between levels established for this time frame in 2004 and 2003, which scored slightly higher due to that year’s abnormally busy 30-show roster.

True to form, plays and solo acts last week showed they prefer the nonholiday weather — only two saw receipts decrease. The oft-extended “Twelve Angry Men” ($345,445) fell a minor $6,983, while “Gem of the Ocean” ($232,617) slid a more sizable $21,307. Latter dip may not be good news for the show’s winter endurance: Capacity (64.4%) and average price ticket ($48.08) were near the bottom of the B.O. chart last week. Only “Wonderful Town” ($506,530) had a lower capacity (63.3%), and only the previewing “Brooklyn Boy” ($119,248 for its first five perfs) had a lower average price ticket ($44.60).

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Otherwise, plays and solo acts were on the rebound: “Democracy” ($361,069), up $24,775; “Dame Edna” ($335,307), up $22,115; “The Rivals” ($323,933), up $65,684; “Whoopi” ($231,437), up $32,198; and “700 Sundays” ($851,290), up $32,288 to put in its best week to date. The Billy Crystal show even pushed aside “The Producers” ($822,288) to take over the No. 4 slot on the B.O. chart.

‘Fiddler’ hits notes

The much-beleaguered Broadway musical revival got some encouraging news. In Harvey Fierstein’s second week in “Fiddler on the Roof” ($638,666), receipts grew $36,719. Also, “La Cage aux Folles” ($645,938) improved its B.O. by $16,581.

Under the top 10, tuners were up a little, down a little. No six-figure drops beset any production. “Chicago” ($505,488) was off the most, retreating $51,326. Much smaller debits affected “Movin’ Out” ($579,949), “Avenue Q” ($512,469), “Rent” ($438,827) and “Brooklyn” ($289,452), which dipped $6,427.

On the rise were “Wonderful Town” ($506,530), “Pacific Overtures” ($349,271), “Good Vibrations” ($348,173) and “Little Women” ($506,502), which rose $44,377 in its last full week of previews. It opens Jan. 23.