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Winter chill on Broadway

Plays rise; 'Porgy' looks sturdy

Broadway’s January slide continued last week, with drops looking particularly dramatic among the tuners most reliant on tourist biz. But even as musical-focused tourist auds dried up, playgoers turned out to take advantage of a less-crowded Times Square environment and winter ticket deals.

A number of non-musicals saw sales uptick, with the biggest increase reported at “The Mountaintop” ($636,651), the Martin Luther King Jr. tale that likely also benefited from the MLK holiday weekend. “Relatively Speaking” ($359,460), “Stick Fly” ($303,386) and “Chinglish” ($222,233), among others, also logged gains.

A number of tuners, meanwhile, saw their tourist-fueled B.O. fall, with “Mary Poppins” ($790,802) dropping more than $250,000 and “The Phantom of the Opera” ($779,751) and “Chicago” ($481,836) down by more than $100,000 each.

Among musicals, one of the sturdiest showings of the frame was at “Porgy and Bess” ($853,017), despite last week including the production’s heavily comped opening night as well as some press previews. Although the revised version of the Gershwin musical has stirred controversy among purists and earned reviews that were all over the map, sales so far have proven solid, particularly for a production opening in the midst of the annual winter slump.

Meanwhile, both “Follies” ($878,826) and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” ($627,972) rose, with momentum likely provided by the imminent closing of each.

The absence of recently shuttered tuners “Billy Elliot” and “Lysistrata Jones” contributed to the Broadway cume’s overall decline, as did a hefty drop at “War Horse” ($613,711), attributable to a shortened performance week at that show.

Total Rialto sales slid around $3 million to $20.9 million for 29 shows on the boards. Attendance deflated by around 20,000 to 229,469, or 81% of the Street’s overall capacity.

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