Post-holiday lights shine on Broadway

Street's total take up more than $460K

NEW YORK — Broadway revived after the Labor Day doldrums, with every production save one seeing improvement at the box office. The Street’s total take increased $462,346 over the previous week, grossing a total of $7,748,469.

The only show to decline was “Cabaret,” the hit tuner at the Roundabout’s Kit Kat Klub, down $16,666 to take $259,702. A deal is currently in the works to move the show to the more capacious Studio 54, though it has yet to be finalized. The Kit Kat Klub’s gross potential is $293,440; a source at Studio 54 said that until the final design was created at the former disco, it would be impossible to say what the new capacity or gross potential would be, though it is expected to be larger. Calls to a Roundabout spokeswoman were not returned at deadline.

Post-summer boost

Broadway’s musicals are benefiting from audience growth following the end-of-summer holiday weekend. “Les Miserables” found things were not so dreary after all: It was up $60,524, for a total of $453,453. Also leaping was Livent’s “Ragtime,” which upped its take by $58,600, grossing $842,517, and “The Sound of Music,” which grew by $56,728 to bring home $387,170. And both tuners “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Miss Saigon” enjoyed sizable boosts, improving by more than $50,000 each.

Thanks to an extra performance Sept. 14 funded by the Democratic National Committee and attended by President Clinton, Disney’s “The Lion King” experienced its biggest roar ever, making $931,076. The “King” entertained the U.S. prexy to the tune of an extra $108,908. According to a Disney source, the DNC “bought at regular box office prices.”

Music matters

Plays saw more modest increases: Colin Quinn’s “An Irish Wake” at the Helen Hayes Theater seems to finally have awoken from the dead: It gathered $88,513, an increase of $36,085. “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” was up a modest $13,713 to finish with $228,360.

Newly recast with Brits, “Art” received a slight boost last week, taking in an additional $8,679 to finish at $297,176. The Roundabout’s “Side Man” moved slightly vertical by $3,474 in its final days at the Stage Right, grossing $159,094. It will reopen at the John Golden Theater Oct. 20, with Christian Slater (Daily Variety, Sept. 21).

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