Holiday salutes B’way B.O.

'Producers' remain in lead

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.

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