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Despite the closings of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” and “Seussical” the previous session, Broadway saw its total gross increase $130,765 last week — up a marginal 0.9%. With 31 productions on the boards, the Memorial Day weekend helped to create a $14,569,875 final tally. Only five shows declined at the box office.

Due to Tony-voters comps, “The Producers” actually fell $3,838 but retained its No. 1 spot, right ahead of “The Lion King.” “Producers” earned $1,020,743 at the box office, the Disney tuner $1,005,132.

Ups and downs

Other shows experiencing a drop included “Contact” (down $32,238), “George Gershwin Alone” (down $1,078), “The Music Man” (down $4,749) and best-play Tony nominee “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” (down $13,572).

The three other Tony contenders for best play went in the opposite direction: “Invention of Love” grew $7,158 to close at $249,148 on a gross potential of $404,321, while “King Hedley II” saw an uptick of $4,952 to finish with $245,102 on its $563,337 potential. Up $12,590, “Proof” had its second-best session ever, at $373,885. Only during New Year’s Eve week 2000 did the Pulitzer Prize winner gross more ($413,857).

Musicals in key

Tony nominees for best-musical revival “Bells Are Ringing” and “Follies,” and best-play revival “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has put those shows on automatic pilot at the box office. “Bells” rose a marginal $663 to close with $242,836 on its potential of $609,868, while “Follies” climbed $1,941 for a final $374,248 on its $494,193 potential. “Nest” increased $473 to gross $336,403 on its $444,900 gross potential.

Closely watched best-musical nominees “A Class Act” and “Jane Eyre” each had small four-figure upticks with end tallies at $158,418 and $251,418, respectively.

Of the major Tony nominees, “42nd Street” escaped from the pack, up $53,372 to close with $731,127 on its potential of $1,009,892. Tuner performed at 99.2% capacity, with its average price ticket at $57.21.

With its final B.O. at $896,515, “Aida” joined “The Lion King” in the plus 100% cap category.