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Musicals close on top

'Grease' slick on Broadway

One show said hello to Broadway last week while three tuners said goodbye — and summer sales heated up all along the Rialto.

“Grease” ($882,396) was the word at the Brook Atkinson Theater, where the new revival of the popular musical, starring the two winning entrants of reality TV casting skein “Grease: You’re the One That I Want,” began previews July 24. The show made the top 10 its first time at bat and played to more than 99% capacity.

Meanwhile, three musicals closed Sunday, which brought in big bucks for two of them.

“Grey Gardens” ($677,169) was up more than $140,000, breaking the house record at the Walter Kerr (historically a play house). And “Beauty and the Beast” ($1,041,283) was in the millionaires’ club yet again, with the weekly gross down from the prior sesh thanks to comps for closing festivities.

Both “Gardens” and “Beauty” played to essentially full houses. However, another show that closed Sunday, the Roundabout revival of “110 in the Shade” ($361,160), wasn’t quite as hot, drawing 90% capacity crowds.

Overall Broadway biz climbed, with most shows up from the previous sesh and total sales boosted $1.1 million to $19.8 million. Including “Beauty” here were five millionaire productions this week, with “Legally Blonde” ($1,006,075) joining “Wicked” ($1,480,955), “The Lion King” ($1,311,914), “Mary Poppins” ($1,233,429) and “Jersey Boys” ($1,212,550).

“Hairspray” ($887,500), still riding the wave of the recently released movie version, was standing room only, while the well-reviewed “Xanadu” ($334,388) was up about $40,000. “Frost/Nixon” ($512,604) rose about $15,000 as its producers announced the show had recouped its $2.5 million capitalization.

A few shows — including “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($815,370), “A Chorus Line” ($584,581) and “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($561,985) — were down by negligible sums of less than $1000.

Over at “The Color Purple” ($865,974), though, receipts were off $60,000 due to the vacation of replacement star Fantasia. “The Year of Magical Thinking” ($150,431) slid $30,000 and “Deuce” ($165,085) dropped about $13,000.

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