Audiences under ‘Gypsy’ spell

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Two new revivals helped keep Broadway B.O. alive last week, with both “Gypsy” and “South Pacific” defying the Main Stem’s general downward trend.

The Broadway transfer of last summer’s Encores! production of “Gypsy” (up $115,000 to $771,967) saw the largest rise of the week, in the wake of glowing press that included a surprise about-face in the New York Times about star Patti LuPone’s performance.

And receipts at “South Pacific” ($578,037), fresh off last week’s largely rapturous reviews in the Gotham press, climbed by nearly $50,000.

Also adding to the pot were the first three previews of “The Country Girl” ($203,468), the Mike Nichols-helmed play starring Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand. Attracting auds at 78% of capacity, show posted a relatively strong initial showing for a straight play.

Also up was “Macbeth” ($371,601), the previewing revival that went from three perfs the prior week to seven.

Otherwise, with the season of academic spring breaks beginning to taper off, Rialto sales were mostly down. Cume for 31 shows reporting fell about $2.8 million to slightly less than $18 million. (Including the $941,000 estimated for “Young Frankenstein,” the tally was down $3.2 million to $18.9 million.)

“Curtains” drew the largest drop of the week (down more than $270,000 to $503,852), while “The Little Mermaid” ($957,360) and “Spring Awakening” ($455,604) also were down more than $200,000 each. So was “In the Heights,” ($430,654), although a portion of that can be attributed to the cancellation of last week’s Wednesday matinee (blamed on a tech blowout).

“Legally Blonde” ($658,223), “Rent” ($451,048), “November” ($400,243), “A Chorus Line” ($320,643) and “Passing Strange” ($218,912) also were among the production seeing six-figure slides at the B.O.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof “($681,696) remained the top-selling play on the boards, trailed by newly anointed Pulitzer Prize winner “August: Osage County” ($445,061).

The 26 musicals grossed $15,663,836 ($16,604,836 estimated) for 87.3% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 212,262 at 81.8% capacity and average paid admission of $73.79.

The six plays grossed $2,280,979 for 12.7% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 31,828 at 65.8% capacity and average paid admission of $71.67.

Average paid admission was $73.52 for all shows.

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