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Emma Stone’s ‘Cabaret’ Surges at Broadway Box Office

After the previous week’s promising start, Emma Stone seems to be rebuilding sales momentum at the current Broadway revival of “Cabaret,” propelling the production to some of its best numbers so far.

With Stone appearing alongside fellow topliner Alan Cumming, “Cabaret” ($816,760) approached sales and attendance levels it hasn’t hit since the tourism-fueled weeks of the summer. In the prior frame, Stone’s first week in the show had marked the start of a B.O. influx but was hampered a bit by the previously scheduled, four-performance absence of Cumming.

The bump at “Cabaret” was the most notable rise in a week that saw longrunning topdogs like “The Lion King” ($1,711,467) and “Wicked” ($1,452,509) climb in advance of the Thanksgiving deluge, but proved tougher for a newer addition to the slate like “Honeymoon in Vegas” ($366,136 for seven previews), which started off about as slowly as could be expected for a title that has yet to prove itself to the tourists in town to catch a show.

The recently opened revival of “Side Show” ($419,203) slipped, but that’s to be expected in a window that accommodated the heavily comped opening performance as well as second-night press tickets. It remains to be seen how much the generally enthusiastic reviews can now direct ticketbuyer attention to the Broadway cult-fave.

Sting tuner “The Last Ship” ($497,208) also slowed down a few knots, but it could well pick up a whole lot of steam when he joins the production for a five-week acting stint starting Dec. 9.

But if some newer musicals had trouble gaining traction, star-driven plays continued to power major sales. “It’s Only a Play” ($1,342,409) led the nonmusical list while Bradley Cooper in “The Elephant Man” ($938,509) kept packing them in, Hugh Jackman starrer “The River” ($882,153) stepped back up after its opening week and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” ($903,389) maintained its strength. The starry revival of “A Delicate Balance” ($745,933), with Glenn Close and John Lithgow, slipped somewhat but seems likely to make a comeback now that its own opening week is over.

The overall Broadway total remained about on par with the previous week’s tally, as the cume came in at $26.7 million for 36 shows now running. Attendance also stayed steady, coming in at 262,452.

In all likelihood, every single show on the boards can look forward to a B.O. spike this week, as the long weekend of Thanksgiving brings an annual feast of tourist-powered sales to the boards.

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