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Newbies add to Broadway pot

'Spider-Man' joins 'Tiger' and 'Kathy Griffin' among top earners

New York– The kickoff to the spring-break season and the addition of four shows to the lineup helped give Broadway a boost in Week 42 (March 7-13), growing the week’s cume by $3.5 million to $18.6 million for the 29 shows on the boards.

Among the newbies, Robin Williams topliner “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” ($409,304 for four perfs) posted strong numbers, particularly for a new play in its initial previews, but even that was topped, in terms of per-performance tally, by the first few shows of the short run of “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony” ($345,677 for three), which attracted auds at almost 99% of capacity. Meanwhile, the sesh’s press firestorm over the new creative team of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” ($1,360,683) doesn’t seem to have hurt its sales. The tuner was one of only three productions to post receipts of more than $1 million, just behind that Julie Taymor-helmed outing, “The Lion King” ($1,498,910).

The 20 musicals grossed $15,085,200 for 81.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 183,064 at 84.4% capacity and average paid admission of $82.40.

The nine plays grossed $3,468,314 for 18.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 44,823 at 83.1% capacity and average paid admission of $77.38.

Average paid admission was $81.42 for all shows.