Broadway sales inch back up

'South Pacific' leads the pack

Broadway sales inched back up last week, following a frame that saw grosses drop as the spring break season ended.

Receipts at most productions climbed, with Lincoln Center Theater’s glowingly reviewed revival of “South Pacific” ($706,979) leading the pack with a bump of more than $125,000. Another well received musical revival, “Gypsy” ($821,446), stepped up by about $50,000.

During the prior sesh, both tuners were among the few whose sales bucked the overall downward trend.

Last week total Rialto cume rose around $600,000 to $18.5 million for 33 shows reporting (or $19.5 million including the $1 million estimated for “Young Frankenstein”). Patrick Stewart starrer “Macbeth” ($381,987) which opened last week, gained about $10,000.

Previewing revival of Clifford Odets’ “The Country Girl” ($381,414) went from three previews to seven last week and had an addition $175,000 to show for it, while both “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” ($87,613 for three previews) and “Thurgood” ($79,175 for two) began perfs.

Among pre-opening tuners, “Cry-Baby” ($278,943) was up more than $40,000, but “A Catered Affair” ($371,887) slipped slightly with the beginning of press perfs.

Most box office dips were relatively minor, although “Curtains” ($392,312) fell by more than $110,000 thanks in part to the three-day vacation taken by star David Hyde Pierce. And it looks as if “Passing Strange” ($198,627), off by around $20,000, still hasn’t managed to capitalize on its strong reviews.

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