22 of 37 shows improve; '42nd Street' soars

Following the Tony nominations, Broadway marked time as overall B.O. fell a minuscule $118,499 — or .8% — for a final cume of $14,170,574. Three productions — “The Gathering,” “Judgment at Nuremberg” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” — put in their final perfs Sunday. The trio had a combined gross of $516,922, which does not bode well for next week’s total figures.

Of the 37 productions on the boards, 22 improved thanks to Tony nominations in the major categories. However, few of these B.O. upticks were sizable enough to pay for last week’s self-congratulatory ads in the New York Times.

Most notable exception: “42nd Street,” which soared $193,926 to close with $611,932 out of a gross potential of $631,182. A nominee for best revival of a musical, the hoofer show performed at 94.88% capacity, with its average ticket price at $50.10. “Follies,” also up for best revival of a musical, recovered from its poorest session the previous week, to rebound by $45,755, grossing $368,752. Revivals of “Bells Are Ringing” and “The Rocky Horror Show” gained $15,743 and $818, respectively.

All four play nominees experienced increases: They ranged from $7,297 for “The Invention of Love,” which closed with $221,452, to $26,754 for “Proof,” which grossed $322,725, highest figures for any new play on Broadway. “King Hedley II” rose $15,207 to close with $217,280 on a gross potential of $563,337. The August Wilson drama played to 55.36% capacity, with the average ticket at $38.96. Rounding out the play category, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” coughed up $21,135 for a final $306,195.

Play revival nominees “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life …” jumped $12,486 and $8,829, respectively.

“Jane Eyre” dipped slightly, down $1,074, to close with $195,033. Otherwise, musical nominees saw gains but nothing major: “A Class Act” (up $7,595), “The Full Monty” (up $20,327) and “The Producers” (up $7,160).

The Mel Brooks musical retained its No. 1 status for the second week in a row, topping “The Lion King.” Grosses for the two behemoths were $1,013,384 and $1,005,330, respectively.

On the down side, “Seussical” dropped a whopping $200,476 to close with $280,924, its second-poorest session. Pop star Aaron Carter performed five out of eight perfs.

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