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Box Office: Singing Rabbi’s Answered Prayer; ‘Lion’ Roars

'Let It Be'
Luke Roberts in "Let it Be" at the St. James Theater. The Beatles tribute rose 2 percent to $378,000. Photographer: Chad Batka/The Hartman Group PR via Bloomberg

“Yesterday” had more momentum on Broadway last week than “Tomorrow,” as sales fell for the revival of “Annie” and rose slightly for a Beatles tribute.

“Soul Doctor,” about the life and music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, nearly doubled after a slow start in previews, to $296,000, according to the trade association, the Broadway League. “First Date,” the musical comedy that opens this week and has been giving away tickets to the press, dropped 3 percent to $430,000.

“Annie” dropped 3 percent to $942,000, its lowest in two months. Tony Award-winner Faith Prince has proved less of a draw as Miss Hannigan than television star Jane Lynch, who left on July 14. (Two actresses recently replaced the original Annie, Lilla Crawford, to play the title role and sing “Tomorrow.”)

“Let It Be,” a faux Beatles concert some reviewers deemed less than fab, rose 2 percent to $378,000. Sales for the show, which includes a Paul McCartney impersonator singing “Yesterday,” haven’t returned to the first week’s tally of $399,000.

“Kinky Boots” high-kicked to another record for the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, up 1 percent to $1.64 million. “Matilda” was little changed, at $1.3 million.

Overall, Broadway sales dipped 4 percent from the previous week, to $23.1 million. Top sellers were, as usual, the sellouts “The Lion King” ($2.1 million), “Wicked” ($1.9 million) and “The Book of Mormon” ($1.7 million).

Muse highlights include Jeffrey Burke on books and Mark Beech on pop music.

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