Tony Awards nominations boost box office for Best Musical nominees

Three of the four Tony Awards nominees for Best Musical —  "An American in Paris," "Fun Home" and "Something Rotten"–  had healthy hauls last week while the fourth, "The Visit," continued to falter. 

"An American in Paris," which reaped a leading 12 bids, earned a jaw-dropping $1.3 million. Expect that to rise even further this week in the wake of its domination of the Outer Critics Circle Awards on Monday. This legit version of the 1951 Best Picture champ is rising up the ranks on our chart that tracks the odds for each Best Musical nominee

"Fun Home," which is tied for the lead with 12 nominations, is based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s autobiography about growing up in small-town Pennsylvania and the effects that coming out had on her family including her closeted gay father. It played to standing room only at the smallish Circle in the Square, which translated to a gross of $570,000.  

"Something Rotten" is that rarity these days — an original Broadway musical. This sassy look at the making of the first-ever stage musical, set in the time of Shakespeare, earned 10 Tony nominations. It saw a jump in takings of more than $100K to a tick over $900,000. That was a record haul for this rousing crowd pleaser, which earns a rare standing ovation in the middle of the show. 

Despite claiming five nominations, "The Visit," is still failing to find its footing. This final John Kander/Fred Ebb tuner to come to Broadway may be the sentimental favorite. Indeed, there is talk along the rialto that star Chita Rivera could make this her swan song. However, audiences are indifferent as its weekly earnings stalled at just over $200,000. 

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