'Beauty,' 'Gardens' help box office
Biz was up for most of the 27 shows on the Rialto last week — but blame two closings in the prior frame for a slight slide in total receipts.Two productions benefited from an impending end: 13-year-old “Beauty and the Beast” ($1,095,124) continued to attract crowds and remain in the millionaires’ club, while “Grey Gardens” ($485,807) saw takings rise by $115,000, the largest bump of the week. Both productions shutter July 29. Also skedded to close that day, the extended engagement of the Roundabout’s “110 in the Shade” ($410,514) rose more than $70,000. Meanwhile, “Curtains” ($821,457) got a $95,000 boost, and “Hairspray” ($809,462), up nearly $70,000, appears to be gaining steam thanks to the movie adaptation that opens later this week. “Xanadu” ($230,520), which surprised naysayers by winning strong press when it opened last week, climbed more than $75,000 for its best B.O. total so far. Still, with the recently departed “Inherit the Wind” and “Tarzan” absent from the tally for the week ended Sunday, total sales along Broadway fell by around $125,000 to $18.4 million. (“The Year of Magical Thinking,” which took the July 4 week off, returned to add $217,751 to the pot.) This week, the Rialto landscape won’t shift much, but wait until next week — when not only “Beauty,” “Gardens” and “110” shutter but the reality TV-fueled revival of “Grease” kicks off perfs July 24.