‘Daisy’ continues to bloom on Broadway

Play strong in down week for box office

Broadway sales slipped a bit following the spike prompted by Columbus Day weekend traffic — but “Driving Miss Daisy” was among the handful of shows that continued to bloom.

“Daisy” ($673,773), toplined by Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, played its first full frame of eight previews to auds at about 88% of capacity. The first Broadway production of the play continues to post strong sales after a healthy showing the prior frame.

Also contributing additional coin to the overall pot was “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” ($440,931), which also played eight previews for the first time, as did “The Scottsboro Boys” ($232,538), continuing its slow start. “Women” played to a robust aud capacity of around 91%.

“The Addams Family” ($1,020,192) upticked slightly and stuck it out in the millionaires’ club this week, although “Promises, Promises” ($976,880) and “Memphis” ($939,978) dropped down below the $1 million mark they rose above the previous week.

Among the fall’s new play offerings, “Time Stands Still” ($440,931) gained steam following strong reviews for the show’s commercial transfer. But not all of those non-tuners had it so good: The NFL-backed pigskin bioplay “Lombardi” ($170,255) fell some 32% in its second frame of eight previews.

As for the trio of shows to open last week, “A Life in the Theater” ($268,568) and “La Bete” ($306,375) both posted declines, as would be expected in frames that incorporate press perfs and heavily comped opening nights. But “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” ($290,198), however, showed some resilience, holding nearly steady.

Rialto cume slipped to $19.7 million for 32 shows on the boards, off about $300,000 compared to the previous week, but attendance was slightly up to 241,385.

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