Broadway has rebounded a bit, with some productions showing surprising strength during the second full week of performances following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
If business wasn't exactly boffo, several plays made impressive gains during the week of Sept. 24-30, according to figures released Tuesday by the League of American Theatres and Producers.
The most startling jump was made by "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," the Charles Busch comedy now starring Valerie Harper. The play grossed $319,155 last week, actually doing better business than it did the week before the attacks on the World Trade Center. It was up some $65,000 from the previous week.
Also doing well were "42nd Street," inching past 80 percent capacity with a gross of over $722,000, and "Cabaret," which hit 98 percent capacity with the help of discounted tickets. It took in $372,741.
The word on new shows was encouraging, too. The musical "Urinetown," which opened Sept. 20 to generally positive reviews, played to over 90 percent capacity last week. The take was $220,874 at the small Henry Miller Theatre.
Also topping the 90 percent mark was "Dance of Death," which took in $419,244 during eight preview performances. This new adaptation of August Strindberg's dark comedy, which stars Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, opens officially Oct. 11.
Business also climbed for two long-running, tourist-dependent shows, "Les Miserables" and "The Phantom of the Opera." Both played to just over 50 percent capacity last week, still considerably short of what they were doing before the trade center was attacked. "Les Miserables" made $305,838 and "Phantom" $406,686.
And, of course, there were no box-office blues at "The Producers" and "The Lion King." Both shows sold out, as usual.
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