Break’s over on Broadway

Box office dips as tourism goes down

The influx of Broadway’s spring break visitors slowed a bit in week 46, with the majority of shows on the boards posting declines.

Some dips could be attributed to causes other than the drop in tourism. The largest slide of the week was seen at “Jersey Boys” ($871,955), knocked out of the millionaires’ club by a midweek underground fire that canceled two perfs.

Meanwhile, “The Addams Family” ($1,240,377) was down due to a comp-heavy week that included the show’s opening night perf, but still managed to report a robust tally. Also slipping a bit was “Million Dollar Quartet” ($291,468), which looks likely to build steam in the wake of strong reviews.

Recently opened plays “Red” ($425,256) and “Lend Me a Tenor” ($416,611) were each up by 27%. Three shows — “La Cage aux Folles” ($472,826), “Enron” ($213,010 for five perfs) and “Collected Stories” ($60,294 for four perfs) joined the fray, while one, “Looped” ($184,514), played its last without a major spike in sales.

Overall B.O. slipped $1.9 million to $22.5 million for 33 shows on the boards. Attendance dropped about 19,000 to 267,431.

The 24 musicals grossed $19,927,068 for 88.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 227,790 at 86.1% capacity and average paid admission of $87.48.

The nine plays grossed $2,603,947 for 11.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 39,641 at 53.0% capacity and average paid admission of $65.69.

Average paid admission was $84.25 for all shows.

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