'Heights,' 'Mermaids' see significant gains
With the annual awards season beginning to direct focus toward the legit world, Broadway sales climbed last week.“The Little Mermaid” ($1,115,988) may not generally be considered kudos fave, but the popular Disney tuner nonetheless registered the week’s largest jump in sales, rising approximately $145,000. “In the Heights” ($585,934), widely thought a forerunner in the Tony race, also had a strong week, with box office up by roughly $120,000. “Legally Blonde” ($719,455) and “A Chorus Line” ($482,116) — with new star Mario Lopez toplining — logged nice six-figure upticks as well. Also on the rise with solid five-figure jumps were “November” ($446,285), “A Catered Affair” ($424,552), “The Phantom of the Opera” ($837,131), “Rent” ($531,580) and “Passing Strange” ($259,911), among others. Nearly every show on the boards saw a bump in receipts, with the total cume hitting $20.3 million for 33 shows reporting (or $21.4 million including estimates for “Young Frankenstein”). Among previewing productions, “Boeing-Boeing” ($284,645) and “Top Girls” ($181,049) both played their first eight-perf weeks, while “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” ($244,170) and “Thurgood” ($208,911) saw modest gains. The season’s last-minute addition, “Glory Days,” brought in only $56,668 in its first eight perfs, suffering in part from a truncated lead time to build the show’s profile. Meanwhile, “August: Osage County” dropped out for the week, as the show packed up and moved from the Imperial Theater to the Music Box.
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