‘Music’ house swells as Broadway burns

'Saigon,' 'Pan' ailing

It will be a cruel summer indeed if grosses continue their present course on Broadway. Dipping downward by $829,341, the take on the Great White Way clocked a middling $11,566,274 last week.

“The Sound of Music” was one of the few exceptions to the trend. After announcing the show would shutter, the languishing family-oriented tuner closed upward by $128,927 last week, taking a sizable $544,207 in grosses, or 73.7% of its $738,225 gross potential. It had been hovering at $100,000 below that for several weeks.

Grosses plunged, meanwhile, for “Miss Saigon,” which dropped a hefty $76,548 last week, with the tuner running at only 47% of its potential $816,590 gross.

Mixed ‘Pan’

Even “Peter Pan,” which saw it’s grosses fly high to the tune of $49,769 is idling at about 50% of potential. The green spandex-fest posted a gross of $441,267 last week.

At “Annie Get Your Gun” things were suitably cheery, with grosses steaming along at a brisk $756,287 of a potential $790,214 — or more than 95% of its potential.

Questions remain about the viability of “Closer” without a major star like Natasha Richardson, or the Tony Award for Best Play that went to competitor “Side Man.” The legiter saw grosses deflate by $95,750, taking in $186,516 of a possible $413,519, or 45% of its potential.

‘Side’ rises

By comparison, “Side Man,” which had been losing almost $50,000 a week in the weeks prior to the Tonys, is no longer playing the blues. No doubt in part to its win, and to the insertion of “Party of Five” star Scott Wolf, the legiter is now running in the black, taking home an extra $10,131 last week to gross $163,511 of a possible $308,923.

Worthy of note: The two Broadway plays that were overlooked by the Tony’s, “The Weir” and “Amy’s View,” are still steaming along.

“Amy’s View,” a vehicle for Oscar-winner Judi Dench, continues to run at capacity, taking in $463,056 last week as it returned to an 8-perf-a-week sked.

And at “The Weir,” the news is still as good as the stories are hearbreaking, with grosses down marginally by $5,555 to take in a still considerably healthy $211,793 of a possible $339,152.

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