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‘Book’ burns up Broadway

But only a few feel Tony heat

Broadway’s box office took a slide in the first frame following Memorial Day weekend — but with the spring slate heading toward Sunday’s Tony Awards, it was still a good time to be feeling a little awards heat.

Buzzmagnet tuner “The Book of Mormon” ($1,173,580) was one of the few shows on the boards to post a gain. It was only a slight one, but it repped another new house record at the Eugene O’Neill Theater.

“War Horse” ($909,093) barely faltered as it heads into the final stretch of the race for best play, while musical revival “Anything Goes” ($742,624) played to 100% capacity despite being down about $95,000.

Meanwhile, the season’s only other tuner-revival contender, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” ($1,008,514), dipped some but not enough to lose its spot in the millionaires’ club. The soon-to-open “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” ($1,150,208) dropped by $175,000 but still stuck it out on the fourth rung of the Top 10.

It was Memorial Day tourism — not to mention a previous sesh unusually boosted by a round of local graduation ceremonies — that helped keep overall Rialto cume as high as it had been. In the wake of the three-day holiday, sales slipped, with the biggest drops logged at the shows most likely to draw city visitors.

A number of the spring season’s musical offerings weren’t immune, with “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” ($766,487) and “Catch Me If You Can” ($543,669) sliding by more $100,000 each. The dip at “Sister Act” ($789,154) was less severe.

Among plays, “The Motherfucker With the Hat” ($573,666) fell more than $100,000 but remained fairly healthy for a five-character play. “Arcadia” ($173,947), though, struggled, pulling in auds at 47% of capacity.

Also having a rough week was “Million Dollar Quartet” ($242,786), playing to auds at a mere 37% of capacity.

Contributing to the Rialto’s overall decline was the the closure of “Good People” and “That Championship Season” in the previous frame. Total Broadway cume fell $3.1 million to $20.6 million for 32 shows on the boards, the lowest number of shows running in about three months. That number will likely continue to diminish after the Tonys, and won’t significantly uptick again until fall, when the next round of openings hits the Main Stem.

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