Tourists push B’way grosses up in June

Musicals sing as legit totals just short of $12 mil

NEW YORK — The tourists have arrived, and it appears they love New York in June. Broadway saw grosses jump by $506,026, for a total of $11,947,654, with most shows experiencing healthy lifts.

Most notably, Broadway’s new musical productions did well with the out-of-town crowd: “The Scarlet Pimpernel” leapt $43,566 to take $405,043 in gross receipts last week, and “The Sound of Music” upped its take by $65,792 — grossing $658,984. “Freak” had its best week ever, according to producer Gregory Mosher. Despite losing seats to an HBO taping, which adjusted the gross potential downward to $202,333, the one-man show still grabbed a record $201,206.

‘Judas’ takes fall

The only major departure from Broadway’s upward trend was the Liam Neeson starrer “The Judas Kiss,” which received lackluster critical reviews. The play dropped by $53,100 to take $282,887 of a possible $496,899.

Other big gainers included the veteran “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” which boosted its gross by $37,880 to take $357,226, and “Les Miserables,” which managed a $19,777 increase to achieve $508,261.

Tony winners “Art” and “A View From the Bridge” are enjoying their time in the sun: “Art” increased by $22,885, and “View” improved by $29,057, both profiting from respective best play and best actor Tony wins.

Trio of plays go dark

It was also a week that saw the departure of three plays: “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” closed, increasing by $46,322 in its final week to gross $185,094. “The Sunshine Boys,” too, shuttered on an up note, with a boost of $37,811 to $176,681. And the Quentin Tarantino-Marisa Tomei starrer “Wait Until Dark” went black with a larger pot of gold, raking $59,524 more than the previous week to collect $297,900.

Still in previews, the critically praised “Side Man” at the Roundabout fell slightly, by $12,014, to take $127,715. And the Lincoln Center production of “Twelfth Night” took $275,766 for its first full week of previews.

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