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Broadway box office picks up

Disney, 'Fences' among shows posting strong sales

The Broadway box office began to gather midsummer momentum last week, with generally modest gains posted at nearly every show on the boards.

Disney Theatrical Prods. had a strong frame, with “The Lion King” ($1,634,367) logging its best nonholiday tally ever and “Mary Poppins” ($1,022,398) sticking it out in the millionaires’ club despite a schedule shift that pushed the Tuesday night perf to Thursday afternoon (due to the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” preem that occupied the New Amsterdam on Tuesday).

“Fences” ($1,175,626), the smash play revival that broke yet another house record at the Cort Theater in the final week of its limited run, was also among the sesh’s seven shows to post million-plus tallies .

The other show that closed last week, Sherie Rene Scott tuner “Everyday Rapture” ($253,560), rose a whopping 47% thanks to last-minute biz.

Among the larger gains of the frame were “American Idiot” (rising almost $75,000 to $768,278) and “Rock of Ages” ($481,704), two Main Stem musicals that feature familiar rock tunes likely to lure summer tourists. The season’s Tony-winning new tuner, “Memphis” ($890,626), rose only a bit.

Of the handful of shows to decline last week, few dipped by much, with “La Cage aux Folles” sliding about $40,000 to $644,814.

Overall Broadway B.O. rose about $450,000 to $19.4 million for 25 shows on the boards.

With “Fences” no longer around to contribute more than $1 million per sesh to the Broadway pot, the street’s overall Rialto cume may decline next week, though individual productions look poised to pick up steam as summer kicks into high gear.

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