'Producers' pumps Great White Way

Broadway continued its spring upswing during the week ended Sunday, with nearly every show seeing a jump in sales.

Total grosses climbed by almost $1.2 million to $16,342,700. Attendance rose by about 13,500 to 221,424.

“The Producers” did particularly well ($908,403), up nearly $200,000 from the previous sesh. Tally reps a strong boost in the wake of a minor slump over the previous few weeks.

Also experiencing sizeable bumps were “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (up about $145,000 to $751,515), as well as “Beauty and the Beast” ($740,428) and “Chicago” ($604,616), both stepping up by more than $100,000.

“The Odd Couple” ($886,198) and “Jersey Boys” ($989,866) saw inconsequential dips, and the only show to drop significantly, “Bridge & Tunnel” ($119,495), had Sarah Jones’ bronchitis to blame. The star’s illness caused the cancellation of four of the week’s eight skedded perfs.

Another mark of a good week: Seven shows played to capacity audiences of 100% or greater. Besides “The Odd Couple,” the list includes “Wicked” ($1,338,102), “The Lion King” ($1,220,597), “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($1,046,831), “Hairspray” ($736,849), “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” ($416,029) and “The Pajama Game” ($399,289).

Among the Rialto’s newer offerings, “Ring of Fire” ($119,495) didn’t burn up the box office after earning mixed reviews, and “Well” continues to build slowly, with its first eight-preview week bringing in $112,589.

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