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B'way Grosses: Plays the Thing That Prevents a Total Loss

Joe Turner's..70 Another drop-off for Broadway last week, as 30 of 35 Broadway shows took in less money than they did the week before. Some of the biggest musicals took the biggest hits, with The Lion King, Shrek, and The Little Mermaid all falling by at least $230,000. However, some other stalwarts Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, and Wicked posting relatively modest losses.

Of the five shows that did better than their previous frames, four were plays: God of Carnage, Joe Turner (above), The Norman Conquests, and Mary Stuart. 9 to 5, which just set a record for the most Drama Desk nominations ever with 15, was the only tuner to improve, grossing $625,000.

Two plays continue to struggle--Impressionism and Reasons to Be Pretty. Actually, Impressionism, the Jeremy Irons-Joan Allen play, which has been poorly received by critics, isn't struggling anymore--it will close Sunday. Reasons (why do we always hear Earth, Wind & Fire when we type that?--sorry, sis), continues to limp along at 30 percent capacity. Maybe its three Drama Desk nominations--including for outstanding play and outstanding lead actor (Thomas Sadoski)--will help it improve.

For the season, Broadway is running ahead of last year's pace by nearly $25 million, or a 3 percent increases.

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