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Tony buzz lifts Broadway biz

'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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