It’s raining receipts for B’way shows

Legit prod'ns weather post-Tony lull

When it doesn’t stop raining in Gotham, people go shopping. They also go to a Broadway show.

Historically, receipts aren’t known to take a major spike two weeks after the Tony Awards, but they did just that last week, perhaps because of the lousy weather. All 24 shows improved, causing the record-setting $14,502,513 tally to zoom up $1,125,320, or 8.41%, from the previous session, when there were four more productions on the boards. The paid attendance figure of 220,845 lagged 5,000-15,000 from recent seasons, but then Broadway is down half a dozen shows this June.

Five full houses

Fewer shows meant less competish. Five managed to sell out: “Chicago” ($592,584), “Hairspray” ($1,003,134) and “The Lion King” ($1,108,569), with “Long Day’s Journey” ($653,740) and “Nine” ($659,253) putting in their highest-grossing weeks to date.

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Performing at 98% cap, “Gypsy” ($874,397) set a house record at the Shubert.

Up only $4,008, “The Producers” ($962,269) experienced the least gain of any show despite its room-to-grow cap of 85%.

In its penultimate session, “La Boheme” ($732,369) returned to the top 10 thanks to a huge $167,786 gain, the week’s biggest increase.

Under the top 10, “Aida” ($625,882) and “Beauty and the Beast” ($614,257) also grabbed six-figure gains.

Up $36,648, “Take Me Out” ($331,904) continued to build on its best play Tony win. Tellingly, the three previous prize winners (“Copenhagen,” “Proof” and “The Goat”) all endured some B.O. shrinkage two weeks out. This week, “TMO” has the benefit of Gotham’s gay pride festivities.

With no help from Tony, “Life (x) 3” ($274,337) rebounded with another $44,131 in its coffers. Like “Boheme,” it shutters June 29.

Other five-figure bumps graced the final tallies for “Cabaret” ($347,157), “Enchanted April” ($183,974), “Man of La Mancha” ($594,108), “Master Harold” ($272,079), “Phantom” ($619,014), “Rent” ($373,179), “Say Goodnight Gracie” ($99,151) and “Urinetown” ($318,346).

‘Enchanted’ replacements

Maybe they’re going to Italy to escape the rain. Over at “Enchanted April,” Denny Dillon replaces Patricia Conolly on July 29. Three weeks earlier, Jane Adams takes over for Isabelle Keating, who replaced Molly Ringwald this month.