‘Kate’s’ magic buss on B’Way

Tuner thriving in middling frame

Business was status quo on Broadway right before the expected post-Fourth of July slump. Twenty-one of the 30 productions currently running managed to improve, with few dramatic swings in either direction at the box office. Total B.O. was up $193,128 — a mere 1.4% — for a $13,941,573 finish, which compares with $11,566,274 a year ago.

The much-awarded “Kiss Me, Kate” continued to climb, registering its best week for the second session in a row. The Cole Porter revival revved up $19,754 to close at $786,854, with attendance just under capacity.

Felines, ‘Fosse’ faves

The week’s most impressive gains went to the long-running “Cats” and “Fosse,” which were up $57,697 and $57,757, respectively. “Saturday Night Fever” and “Swing!” also rose nicely, but still performed well under their gross potential. “Fever” took in another $46,730 to finish with $477,304 on its potential of $901,190, while the dance show kicked up $34,494 for a total of $448,458 on its $782,586 g.p.

Several new shows appeared to mark time: “Aida” (up $4,803), “Copenhagen” (down $6,393), “Dirty Blonde” (up $5,892), “The Music Man” (down $569), “The Real Thing” (down $3,828) and “Riverdance” (up $3,646).

Kelsey Grammer fans bid farewell to his “Macbeth,” improving biz by $51,742. In its last week, the star-crossed production grossed $220,947 on a potential of $429,401.

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