Broadway sales steady

A half-dozen tuners top million-dollar mark

Broadway sales remained robust last week, with many shows posting gains and only a few productions experiencing relatively slight declines.

As in the prior sesh, a half-dozen tuners topped the million-dollar mark, including movie-hype beneficiary “Mamma Mia!” ($1,022,163) and kudo-magnet “In the Heights” ($1,004,285). “Boeing-Boeing” ($474,392), the Tony winner for play revival, broke the house record at the Longacre for the fourth time.

Rialto stalwart “The Phantom of the Opera” ($915,176), up around $50,000, got the largest bump of the week, while the revival of “A Chorus Line,” now in its final month on the boards, climbed about $35,000 to $505,730.

Both “Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy” ($554,145) and “Chicago” ($551,427) stepped up by around $30,000 each. “A Catered Affair” ($291,282), playing its final frame, brought in about $25,000 more than the previous week — logging a 9% jump in biz, the highest of the sesh in terms of percentages.

Although the majority of productions on the Rialto posted gains last week, total cume fell thanks to the absence of recently shuttered offerings “The Country Girl” and “Passing Strange.” Tally fell about $575,000 to $18.7 million for 29 shows reporting.

Individual declines however, were mostly minor, with the largest of the week seen at “Grease” ($682,087), which slipped about $25,000.

“Legally Blonde” ($851,934) stayed about on par with its box office perf the prior week, maintaining momentum acquired during the recent broadcast of an MTV reality skein about the tuner’s recasting process. Week saw the debut of Bailey Hanks, the winner of the series, in the musical’s lead role.

Still waiting to pick up steam is “[title of show]” ($162,682), the newly opened, small-scale tuner that played to houses averaging a bit more than 50% of capacity.

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