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Broadway B.O. has summertime surge

'Memphis' pushes toward $1 million mark

There were fewer shows on Broadway last week than there were the prior frame, due to a handful of closings — but the Street’s overall B.O. nonetheless managed to rise.

Almost every production on the boards posted gains. Most notable, perhaps, was the $60,000 rise at “Memphis” ($953,528), which continues to approach the million-dollar mark in the wake of its top- tuner Tony.

“Mary Poppins” ($1,138,802) also proved unusually successful in luring summer auds, bolstering its position in the millionaires’ club with a jump of about $115,000.

A couple of shows, one returning and one new, added to the pot. “Harry Connick Jr. in Concert on Broadway” debuted at $757,620, well above the production’s weekly sales potential, thanks to premium tickets.

The post-hiatus return of “A Little Night Music” ($501,212), now starring Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch, posted decent numbers but didn’t hit the heights the show did when it was toplined by Catherine Zeta-Jones. It seems likely reviews of the newly added performers, hitting papers in the coming weeks, will serve as a key factor in boosting the re-cast production’s profile.

Also among the productions to gain steam were “The Phantom of the Opera” ($937,474), “South Pacific” ($603,601), “Come Fly Away” (“$558,074) and “Next to Normal” ($386,491) — the latter helped along by auds turning out to catch the final perfs of departing cast members including Tony winner Alice Ripley.

Of the few declines logged by individual productions, none were dire. Still, two tuners that attracted Tony attention in the spring, “Fela!” ($511,505) and “Million Dollar Quartet” ($474,929), could use a bit of the summer lift felt by the rest of the Main Stem.

Total sales for the frame hit $20.1 million for 25 shows on the boards, up about $750,000 from the previous sesh. Attendance (221,227) rose by approximately 20,000.

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