‘Kinky Boots,’ ’Matilda’ Heat Up Broadway Box Office

'Pippin'
Matthew James Thomas in the title role of "Pippin." The revival received 10 Tony Award nominations and saw sales jump 10 percent last week. Photographer: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

“Kinky Boots” and other top Tony Award contenders saw ticket sales jump last week as Broadway overall grossed $24.3 million.

“Kinky Boots,” the Cyndi Lauper musical about the unconventional rescue of a struggling English shoe factory, saw sales jump 10 percent to $1.3 million. It received 13 Tony nominations on April 30, the most of any show.

Other sellouts included “Matilda,” the top rival to “Kinky” for best musical, up 2 percent to $1.1 million. Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a favorite for best play, was up 9 percent to $490,000 and a circus-themed revival of the musical “Pippin,” was up 10 percent to $861,000.

Cicely Tyson has proved a draw in her first Broadway role in 30 years. Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful” was up 17 percent to $563,000.

“The Book of Mormon” continued to have the highest average ticket price, $193.38, followed by the Tom Hanks- starring “Lucky Guy” ($144.60), “I’ll Eat You Last” with Bette Midler ($137.96); “The Lion King” ($135.93) and “Wicked” ($121.50).

Overall, Broadway sales fell 1 percent, according to figures released by the trade association the Broadway League, as some shows closed over the last two weeks.

Sales this season, which ends in two weeks, are up 0.3 percent from 2011-12. Attendance is down 5.7 percent, while average ticket prices are up.

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