B’way sails with Columbus Day boost

'Drowsy' gets jolt at B.O.; 'Butley' previews impress

NEW YORK — Columbus Day weekend gave Broadway a boost, with almost every show on the boards better than the previous sesh.

There were five shows in the millionaires’ club for the week ending Oct. 8, including “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($1,047,479), which posted its highest numbers since it began performances in April.

Nathan Lane starrer “Butley” ($242,667) began previews by drawing impressive crowds, playing to more than 100% capacity, and “Grey Gardens” ($366,151 for seven perfs), also in its first week, attracted crowds of around 82% capacity.

The only productions to see dips this week were “A Chorus Line” ($705,628), down a bit due in part to a comp-heavy opening week, and “Chicago” ($681,867), which fell by more than $130,000, attributable to the fact that its cash-cow replacement star, Usher, was out sick over the weekend. He was expected to return to the show this week.

Long-runners such as “The Lion King” ($1,099,971), “Hairspray” ($687,319), “Beauty and the Beast” ($664,391) and “The Producers” ($620,076) got tourist-fueled bumps, as did newer offerings such as “Tarzan” ($686,392), up more than $100,000, and “The Wedding Singer” ($571,120), up a bit less than that.

Recently opened ventriloquist show “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” ($65,062) continued to struggle, playing to less than 30% capacity.

Due to the holiday, grosses for the Roundabout’s revival of “Heartbreak House” were not reported.

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