B.O. rides pre-Tony buzz

Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway got a rise out of pre-Tony buzz, with grosses up essentially across the board in Week 2 (June 5-11) leading up to the kudos.

The $18,115,159 tally was actually down about $300,000 from the prior sesh — but that’s negligible when you consider “The Lion King” was knocked out thanks to its weeklong theater-transfer hiatus; “The Odd Couple” ended its run June 4; and two more hits, “Three Days of Rain” and “The Pajama Game,” played scheduled short weeks of seven perfs each instead of eight.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” saw the biggest jump of the week, up $175,000 from the previous sesh. It was goosed again by its five Tony wins, with wraps on June 12 hitting $700,000, four times the tally of a normal Monday, according to producer Kevin McCollum. Advance now stands at $10 million.

Also up more than $170,000 was “The Wedding Singer,” Show may have come away from the Tonys empty-handed, but the telecast plus a string of TV appearances the week before the awards added up to Monday wraps triple the average, according to Matthew Rego, one of the show’s producers.

“Jersey Boys,” which counts the tuner award among its four trophies, also was doing triple the biz it normally does on Mondays, projecting a wrap of more than $500,000 by end of day and putting its advance in the $25 million range. And the big winner among the plays, “The History Boys,” did double what normally would be considered strong for a Monday, expecting to score wraps of more than $200,000.

There were four members of the millionaires’ club, with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” resurgent after a few relatively fallow weeks, coming in at No. 2 behind “Wicked.” “The Color Purple” and “Jersey” rounded out the top four.

Other shows seeing hearty B.O. bumps over the robust week were “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Producers” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

The 22 musicals grossed $14,793,243 for 81.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 197,765 at 84.9% capacity.

The eight plays grossed $3,321,916 for 18.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 45,244 at 84.3% capacity.

Average paid admission was $74.80 for musicals, $73.42 for plays and $74.55 for all shows.

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