‘Mermaid,’ ‘Frankenstein’ revive auds

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — There were plenty of distractions for Broadway theatergoers in Week 23 (Oct. 29-Nov. 4) — a midweek Halloween, the New York City marathon and daylight saving time — and all likely contributed to the B.O. dip experienced by most shows on the boards.

Total sales cume, however, was up, thanks to five new shows starting previews — including Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” — and “Young Frankenstein” stepping up its preview sked to eight perfs a week, which raised sales estimates for the show by $200,000 to about $1.6 million.

A new big-budget tuner, “The Little Mermaid” ($262,201), started off swimmingly.

The 24 musicals grossed $14,005,345 ($15,605,345 estimated) for 82.4% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 186,555 at 77.9% capacity and an average paid admission of $75.07.

The 10 plays grossed $2,991,957 for 16.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 49,529 at 80.0% capacity and an average paid admission of $60.41.

Average paid admission was $72.00 for all shows.

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