‘Smokey Joe’s’ B.O. sizzles with Knight

'Pimpernel' also soars while 'Peter Pan' plummets

Broadway grosses were largely on the increase last week, with an overall uptick of $352,679 cresting at $12,856,184.

Contributing to more than a third of that gain was the long-running “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” — registering a mind-bending $147,706 increase, owed to a Pip-less Gladys Knight toplining the revue at the Virginia.

The tuner grossed $397,482 of a potential $611,820.

Also enjoying a substantial lift, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” at the Minskoff rose $88,188, taking in $487,442. Even still, with a gross potential of $832,827, and a nut somewhere north of $490,000, the tuner is still operating at or below it’s break-even point.

While Kathy Rigby soared in “Peter Pan,” its grosses plunged $54,037, one of a handful of shows in decline last week. Currently at the massive Gershwin, “Pan” flew home with only $364,918 of a possible $889,592.

Also hitting some lower notes, “The Phantom of the Opera,” took in $44,593 less than the previous week for a still healthy total of $632,437, with a potential of $782,085.

Still hanging on

“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” and “Side Man” made it through another week. But while “Charlie Brown” was down by $5,137 to take in $144,106, “Side Man” managed an increase of $9,659 to take in a still anemic $85,906.

Other shows breaking from the rising tide last week included both “Amy’s View” and “The Civil War.”

“View,” to many Broadway insider’s disbelief, was overlooked for a best play Tony nomination, and “Civil War” (to many others’ equally profound amazement, was nominated — for best musical).

A show that producer Roger Berlind called “immune” from the Tony’s scorn, “View” was down $19,352 last week, taking in $390,085 of a possible $403,497. The show had been operating at above capacity in the previous week, with SRO crowds.

At “Civil War,” grosses were similarly down, but its situation was less rosy: The period tuner took in $18,297 less last week, grossing $307,671 of a potential $796,311.