Tony Awards lift Broadway

Posted: June 18, 2014

IT SEEMS AWARDS still matter. At least on Broadway.

A best-musical Tony Award win has powered "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" to its best week ever at the box office.

"A Gentleman's Guide," in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, took in $851,262 in the week ending Sunday, its highest take so far. Its rival "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" grossed $1,170,050 over eight shows, shattering the house record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Best play winner, "All the Way" with Bryan Cranston, took in $288,909 more than the previous week to end with $1,229,459. "Rocky," which came out swinging after the Tony telecast, grossed $143,461 more than the week before.

* The Spanish-language version of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" has closed suddenly because of a slump in ticket sales.

" Los Monólogos de la Vagina" struggled through just 15 previews and 33 regular performances.

TATTBITS

Steven Spielberg's next two films have been slated for October 2015 and July 2016.

DreamWorks announced yesterday that his untitled Cold War spy thriller will open Oct. 16 next year, and "The BFG" is planned for July 1, 2016. The Cold War thriller is to star Tom Hanks as James Donovan, an attorney negotiating the return of an American pilot from the Soviet Union in 1960. "The BFG" is a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book.

* A nephew of Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" says he is running for the Louisiana congressional seat held by Vance McAllister, who was elected with "Duck" support and later wrapped in scandal when video surfaced showing him kissing a married staffer.

Republican Zach Dasher, 36, who never has run for office, said in a statement yesterday announcing his candidacy that he opposes ObamaCare and abortion and supports a constitutional amendment requiring that Congress balance the budget.

"I got to looking around at the problems in politics today, and what I see in Washington, D.C., is no God. There is no God. The elite political class thinks they can be running our lives," he told the Associated Press. "I think there's a vacuum in D.C. of people who understand where rights come from. Rights don't come from men. They come from God."

Except the Second Amendment, which comes from the Constitution.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


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