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B’way B.O.’s spring fling

Most prod'ns saw bump over previous week's take

Broadway grosses got a springtime boost for the weekend ending March 12, rising more than $1.3 million to $15,142,726 for 25 shows on the boards.

Almost every production saw a bump over the take from the previous week, with “The Lion King” ($1,143,674) and “The Producers” ($709,679) stepping up by more than $100,000 each.

“Jersey Boys” ($997,329) came this close to hitting the $1 million mark, and broke the house record again at the August Wilson. “The Color Purple” ($966,113), “Rent” ($530,587) and “The Light in the Piazza” ($428,898) each rose by a little less than $100,000, with the aud for “Piazza” expanding by more than 30%.

The week’s most crowded houses belonged to “The Pajama Game” ($394,386), which logged an overflowing attendance of 101.4%. That put the show just a bit above the 100% reported by perennial sellouts “Wicked” ($1,327,886) and “The Odd Couple” ($901,336).

“Rabbit Hole” ($248,564) and “Ring of Fire” ($205,372) were the only two shows to fall off a bit, with the “Ring” tally affected by a heavily comped opening week.

And “Well” took its first tentative step into fray, taking in just $60,684 for its first four previews.

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