Tony Awards wins for ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and ‘Indecent’ boost Broadway box office

Broadway did boffo business last week with total takings of $35.2 million. While some of that was spent by theater goers on long-running shows like “The Book of Mormon” and “Wicked,” a big slice of the pie went to fare that was new to the rialto this year. Among the hottest shows in town are the Tony Awards winners for Best Musical and Best Musical Revival — “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Hello, Dolly!” respectively — which both played to standing room only.

Along with “Dear Evan Hansen,” the other three Best Musical contenders all did good business. “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” took in $1.3 million and was SRO while “Come From Away” was at 96% capacity and made $1.2 million. “Groundhog Day” played to 62% and grossed just over $800K.

While Best Play winner “Oslo” dipped by 10% it still made a solid $737K. One of its rival nominees, “Sweat,” shuttered on Sunday and enjoyed a last-minute surge in sales to top $400,000 for the first time. And another contender,  “Indecent,” which was also slated to close Sunday, has had its run extended till Aug. 6 after a bump at the box office. “Indecent” marked the Broadway debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. Her provocative play about censorship won two Tonys: director Rebecca Taichman, who co-created the production, pulled off the biggest upset of the night and it also prevailed, as expected, for lighting design.

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