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NEW YORK Broadway biz took a downturn for Week 40 (Feb. 27-March 5), dropping nearly $1.9 million from the previous frame to $13,820,063 for 24 shows.
That tally still makes for a strong showing for the late-winter sesh, which hasn't gotten above $12.8 million in the past five years, and which in 2001 dropped as low as $10.4 million. But the week's tally of 190,000 theatergoers was below the frame's attendance levels of the past few years.
The only show that rose for the week was Harry Connick Jr. starrer "The Pajama Game," up around $90,000 and playing to more than 100% capacity.
All other shows saw sales slide. Both "The Producers" and "The Lion King" sank more than $200,000, while "Mamma Mia!" "Hairspray," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Sweeney Todd," "Rent" and "The Light in the Piazza" were down by more than $100,000.
Heading into a final week of previews, "Ring of Fire" has yet to catch fire.
"Wicked," as usual, remained top dog on Broadway, while initial B.O. for its West End engagement, set to start perfs Sept. 7, broke 100,000[pounds sterling] ($174,948) in its first hour on sale, and its advance is $2.97 million.
The 19 musicals grossed $11,819,476 for 85.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 163,653 at 82.1% capacity.
The five plays grossed $2,000,587 for 14.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 27,140 at 78.2% capacity.
Average paid admission was $72.22 for musicals, $73.71 for plays and $72.43 for all shows.
SEASON BOX OFFICE TOTALS Week 40: Feb. 27-March 5, 2006 Current BROADWAY Season Shows playing last week 24 Total playing weeks to date 1,102 Theater occupancy last week 66.7% Theater occupancy to date 71.2% Paid attendance last week 190,793 (% of capacity last week) (81.6%) Total attendance to date 8,881,261 (% of capacity to date) (80.8%) Total receipts last week $13,820,063 Season total receipts to date $636,214,216 Average paid admission last week $72.43 New productions to date 15 ROAD Shows reported last week 12 Total playing weeks to date 452 Total receipts last week $10,297,693 Season total receipts to date $399,978,022 COMBINED TOTALS Total playing weeks 1,554 Total receipts to date $1,036,192,238 2004-05 BROADWAY …