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‘Kinky Boots’ Pairs Awards Muscle with Box Office Might

On the heels of six Tonys, musical pushes up to the fourth spot in the Top 10

The good news just keeps coming for “Kinky Boots.” The musical capped its Tony Award triumph by posting its best weekly sales figure so far, sashaying its way up to number four in the frame’s Top 10.

With the box office numbers reported for the week ending June 9, the day of the Tonys, the best-yet tally for “Kinky Boots” ($1,411,574) doesn’t reflect any boost from the title’s six wins Sunday night. But it is fueled by the publicity bump the show got from the media spotlight in advance of the ceremony, along with fellow frontrunner “Matilda” ($1,138,232). “Pippin” ($931,349) — which, like “Matilda,” notched a quartet of trophies — topped the $900,000 mark for the second time so far in its run.

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Also posting its top weekly figure so far was “Motown” ($1,395,663), which didn’t have major nominations in its favor but has nonetheless shown plenty of sales strength thanks to its instantly recognizable title and familiar tunes. Play “Lucky Guy,” which scored two awards including one for featured thesp Courtney B. Vance, also never needed the Tonys to sell tickets, with the Tom Hanks starrer logging $1,361,346 for the sesh.

Bette Midler topliner “I’ll Eat You Last” ($791,577) continued its sellout streak, while new play winner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” ($553,053) once again did nicely for a small-cast play in a smaller theater.

With the 2012-13 season’s big award show still the main topic of conversation among legiters, the weekly B.O. chart didn’t give them much more to talk about. Sales for the frame remained essentially flat at $23,361,631 for 26 shows on the boards, one fewer than the prior sesh (when the Roundabout’s revival of “The Big Knife” shuttered). With one title subtracted, attendance downshifted slightly to 219,708.

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Individual changes in sales and attendance were generally unremarkable across the boards. Biggest uptick of the week was at “Annie” (up more than $90,000 to $892,876) while longrunners “The Phantom of the Opera” ($1,101,069) and “Mamma Mia!” ($718,464) each were off by about the same amount.

Of course, the real B.O. question is how the Tony wins will affect sales going forward. That answer will only arrive in the coming weeks, as Broadway gets into the swing of hot-weather tourist season.

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