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B’way solid; plays avoid B.O. dip

Broadway Grosses

Last week, audiences were outside enjoying Gotham’s first real spring weekend instead of going to the theater.

The majority of the 37 shows on Broadway’s packed slate saw dips at the box office in Week 47 (April 16-22), although new offerings — and the increase of perfs for previewing productions — managed to keep the total Rialto tally hovering about $1 million below the previous week’s take of $22.4 million.

Every top 10 production declined. Even so, “The Color Purple” ($1,047,073) still pulled in big biz thanks to replacement star Fantasia Barrino. Sum put “Purple” in the No. 5 slot, behind “Wicked” ($1,401,980), “The Lion King” ($1,167,001), “Jersey Boys” ($1,162,541) and “Mary Poppins” ($1,147,284).

Below the top 10, “The Pirate Queen” ($693,236), which had been going full steam ahead despite its lackluster reviews, dipped for the first time (by around $64,000).

Among previewing shows, “Legally Blonde” ($667,355) fell by more than $50,000 in a drop attributable to the fact that an entire perf’s tickets were given away in a promotion. (Attendance was an impressive 97.2%.)

“LoveMusik” ($228,794) went up to a full eight-perf week and had about $100,000 to show for it. “Deuce” ($401,552) also went up to eight perfs and gained more than $255,000.

“110 in the Shade” ($262,544) played seven perfs, one fewer than the week before, but still climbed by about $65,000.

Other productions defying the week’s downward trend were “The Coast of Utopia” ($573,276), “Inherit the Wind” ($409,140), “The Year of Magical Thinking” ($405,123) and “Company” ($254,022).

“A Moon for the Misbegotten” ($524,353) was down about $50,000.

In this play-heavy spring, two more non-musicals began previews: “Coram Boy” ($210,255) and, starting particularly slowly, “Radio Golf” ($62,832), which played three perfs.

The 27 musicals grossed $18,116,268 for 84.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 233,808 at 81.5% capacity.

The 11 plays grossed $3,281,775 for 15.3% for the Broadway total, with attendance of 51,587 at 64.9% capacity.

Average paid admission was $77.48 for musicals, $63.32 for plays and $74.98 for all shows.

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