‘Curtains’ boosts box office

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — Broadway box office rose again last week, with newer offerings in particular gaining steam.

“Curtains” ($678,568) managed to climb about $25,000 over the prior sesh, despite being a comp-heavy opening week. Previewing tuner “The Pirate Queen” ($627,399 for seven perfs) also found it had more wind at its back.

On the play side, the Vanessa-Redgrave-as-Joan-Didion production of “The Year of Magical Thinking” ($417,124) rose a bit, playing to more than 96% capacity. Even the far less publicized “Inherit the Wind” ($355,132), starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy, posted a solid showing for its first week on the boards, attracting 75% capacity.

“Talk Radio” ($305,722) got an uptick, fueled by strong reviews for star Liev Shreiber, as did “Prelude to a Kiss” ($198,534). “Journey’s End” ($157,883), however, still hasn’t translated enthusiastic press into sales, with box office slipping slightly.

A total of 30 shows on the boards climbed about $600,000 to $18.9 million in overall receipts. The last time the same week approached that total was in 2005, which reached $18.75 million thanks to the holiday sales of an early Easter.

Elsewhere along the Rialto it was a mixed bag, with “The Color Purple” (up more than $75,000 to $795,170) and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (up more than $55,000 to $892,719) posting the biggest gains of the week. “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($776,978) and “Mary Poppins” ($1,138,309) saw the largest dips, each down by the not-terribly-steep sum of about $50,000.

Meanwhile, “The Producers” ($454,395) heads into its final month hoping the sales get a nostalgia-fueled pickup. Show, which attracted less than 50% capacity auds last week, shutters April 22.

The 24 musicals grossed $16,899,023 for 89.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 224,380 at 86.7% capacity.

The six plays grossed $2,003,730 for 10.6% for the Broadway total, with attendance of 30,026 at 71.1% capacity.

Average paid admission was $75.31 for musicals, $66.73 for plays and $74.30 for all shows.

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