Good news, Scrooge: Guthrie Theater ends year in the black

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The Guthrie Theater has announced that it turned a small profit, even as some other arts organizations continue to struggle in a recovering economy.

The Guthrie – currently running its 38th year of "The Christmas Carol," the tale of miserly old Scrooge – pinched enough pennies to report a $67,395 surplus on a $28.9 million budget for the 2012 fiscal year that ended Aug. 30, the Star Tribune reports. The newspaper also reports attendance was up about 1 percent to 425,932 from 421,982 last year.

The meager profit, as slim as it might seem, is six times the surplus the theater reported the previous year, the Pioneer Press noted.

In recent years, the theater has had only one deficit, in 2008-2009, when the U.S. economy tanked, Guthrie director Joe Dowling said in the Star Tribune.

Among the biggest hits of the 2011-12 season were the musical "Roman Holiday," and a revival of the Tennessee Williams drama, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the Pioneer Press reports. Another highlight: the musical drama about Minnesota's own Judy Garland, "End of the Rainbow," which went to Broadway and earned three Tony Award nominations, the newspaper notes.

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