'Chorus,' 'Rent' benefit from last-minute sales
There were ups and downs at the Broadway box office last week — but show-by-show fluctuations mostly cancelled each other out in the end.Largest gains of the frame were posted by “A Chorus Line” (rising about $50,000 to $565,733) and “Rent” (up almost $40,000 to $564,086), two soon-to-close productions benefiting from last-minute upticks in biz. “Chorus Line” shutters Aug. 17, while “Rent” plays its final perf Sept. 7. “Mamma Mia!” ($1,071,486) continued its movie-fueled climb, hitting its highest tally of the year so far, while “Legally Blonde” ($872,303) also remained strong in the wake of buzz garnered from the recently concluded “Blonde” casting skein on MTV. Both shows rose by about $30,00 each — as did “Xanadu” ($347,812), maintaining momentum with Whoopi Goldberg in the cast, and Laurence Fishburne starrer “Thurgood” ($288,549). Individual dips were largely inconsequential, with “Boeing-Boeing” ($451,830) and “Spring Awakening” ($428,491) the only two on the boards to slip by more than $25,000 each. Still struggling to drum up auds, “[title of show]” ($157,122) slid by more than $20,000, playing to houses that averaged 48% of capacity. Total cume rose a slight $100,000, hitting $18.7 million for 26 shows reporting.
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