Thu, Nov 08, 2012 - Page 11 News List

Broadway weekly sales drop by a third amid cancellations

A construction crane hangs off of the side of One57 in New York City on Saturday.

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Broadway ticket sales last week fell by more than a third from the week before, as regional blackouts and transportation paralysis forced theater owners to cancel performances.

Broadway sold US$13.6 million of tickets in the week ending Sunday, down from US$20 million the previous week and US$21.2 million a year ago. The grosses were the first full week reported by the Broadway League since Hurricane Sandy clobbered the New York area.

Some shows failed to sell enough tickets to cover their weekly operating expenses. Peter and the Starcatcher reported receipts of US$185,508 for seven performances, down 43 percent. A preliminary production budget obtained by Bloomberg estimated the show’s weekly operating expenses to be US$264,000.

Cyrano de Bergerac, Nice Work if You Can Get It and Scandalous all saw sales fall by about half.

The critically acclaimed revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf sold US$212,620, down 25 percent.

Power outages, gas shortages and other transportation headaches around the region continue to depress Broadway.

“We may feel a bit of an after-effect,” said Daryl Roth, who is part of the producing team of a new revival of Annie and lead producer of the musical Kinky Boots, which opens in April.

Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Al Pacino, generally held up, taking in US$744,703 over five performances. The revival, still in previews, is charging as much as US$377 per ticket before fees.

On Monday, the producers postponed its official opening to Dec. 10 from Nov. 11. Lead producer Jeffrey Richards attributed the delay to the fact that three rehearsals were truncated.

Elsewhere in New York culture, Carnegie Hall reopened last night with newly restored heat and hot water, spokesperson Synneve Carlino said in an e-mail. It was initially affected by street closings caused by a dangling crane.













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