Magazine article Variety

Closings Hit Rialto in the B.O

Magazine article Variety

Closings Hit Rialto in the B.O

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Broadway's overall cume may have taken a fall in Week 35 (Jan. 23-29), but things weren't so bad for the individual shows on the boards.

Although total Rialto receipts dropped by about $2 million, a lot of that can be attributed to the absence of two shows that closed during the prior frame, "Follies" and "The Mountaintop."

The only big slide was taken by "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (deflating nearly 50% to $682,879), but even that was expected, since the week was the first in three B.O.-busting weeks in which the show was not toplined by Darren Criss ("Glee"). Whereas the brevity of Criss' stint packed in fans, current lead Nick Jonas' six-month run doesn't create the same urgency.

In general, most of the shows on the Main Stem had a relatively steady week.

"The Book of Mormon" ($1,445,407) rose a bit to break yet another house record at the Eugene O'Neill Theater. The show managed to climb to the second rung on the top 10 - an indicator that while demand at older hits may sag a bit, the must-see vibe for a more recent success like "Mormon" continues to resonate. …

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