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Box Office: ‘Pippin,’ ‘Kinky Boots’ Rise as Season Ends

'Kinky Boots'
Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford and Billy Porter star in "Kinky Boots." Sales for "Kinky Boots" rose to a record $1.4 million. Photographer: Matthew Murphy/O and M Co. via Bloomberg

May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Broadway’s 2012-13 season finished strong as “Kinky Boots,” “Motown” and “Pippin” had their bestselling weeks thanks to an influx of Memorial Day weekend tourists.

As projected last week by Bloomberg News, the season came up short in attendance, dropping more than 6 percent since 2011-2012.

“Kinky Boots,” with songs by Cyndi Lauper, gained 8 percent and “Motown” jumped 10 percent as each sold $1.4 million. Both new musicals played at near capacity, according to figures released by the trade association the Broadway League.

“Pippin,” a favorite in the musical-revival category at the Tony Awards on June 9, rose 8 percent to $935,000. Rival “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” which is at a larger theater, rose 5 percent to $1.1 million.

Christopher Durang’s poignant comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” starring Sigourney Weaver, rose for the fourth consecutive week, to $591,000.

Broadway shows sold $1.14 billion of tickets during the season, down 0.1 percent from 2011-2012. (As tabulated by the League, both the week and season ended May 26.) Attendance was off 6 percent. In a release, the League in part blamed the effects of Hurricane Sandy. It predicted that “numbers will return to previous season highs.”

‘Lucky’ Tom

“Lucky Guy” with Tom Hanks hit a ceiling, grossing $1.4 million, little changed from the previous week. One of the highest-grossing limited runs, it’s set to close on July 3.

Alan Cumming’s virtually one-man “Macbeth” (two other actors play some supporting characters) had the worst of its seven weeks. It fell 22 percent to $349,000, half its potential.

The Scottish thane fared better than the salty Texan: Holland Taylor’s one-woman show about Governor Ann Richards, “Ann” continues at less than 25 percent of box-office potential. It dropped 2 percent to $240,000.

The more things change, the more “The Book of Mormon” wins. It had its third highest-grossing week since previews began in February 2011, selling $1.8 million.

Muse highlights include Craig Seligman on books and N.Y. Scene.

To contact the reporter on this story: Philip Boroff in New York at pboroff@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff in New York at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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