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Box Office: Broadway Hadn’t a Prayer During Holiday Week

'The Glass Menagerie'
Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie" at the Booth Theatre. The revival is in previews for a Sept. 26 opening. Photographer: Michael J. Lutch/The Glass Menagerie via Bloomberg

Luckily for Broadway, Rosh Hashanah comes around only once a year.

Ticket sales tanked 10 percent last week to $18.4 million, reported the Broadway League, which represents producers and theater owners.

“Annie,” the revival that’s closing on Jan. 5, had its worst week since previews began in October 2012 -- $596,000. Likewise, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” ” sold $791,000, its slowest week since November 2010, when it began its extended preview period.

The Jewish New Year was particularly punishing to “Soul Doctor,” about the singing Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Sales tumbled by more than a third, to $111,000.

The only shows that didn’t decline weren’t playing the previous seven days:

“Big Fish,” directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman (“The Producers”) with music by Andrew Lippa (“The Addams Family”) had a decent debut, $384,000 in its first four previews. Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”) sold $319,000 in six previews.

“Chicago” and “Jersey Boys” (both down 2 percent) were relative Teflon. “The Book of Mormon” dropped just 3 percent, with average ticket prices still an intimidating $193.36.

Seats generally may be plentiful this week as well: Yom Kippur begins Friday evening and ends Saturday evening.

Muse highlights include Jeremy Gerard on theater and Hephzibah Anderson on books.

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