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Hurricane Sandy deals blow to Broadway box office

5:22 AM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
Superstorm Sandy took a bite out of Broadway earnings for the week.(Photo: Charles Sykes AP)
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As expected, the super-storm that struck New York last week also had an impact on Broadway box office. With productions forced to cancel one or several performances, and transportation problematic for both locals and tourists, ticket sales dropped, resulting in a gross of $13.6 million for the week ending Nov. 4, according to the Broadway League -- $6.5 million less than the previous week.

League executive director Charlotte St. Martin had told USA TODAY a week ago that she expected to take a hit, particularly since a few shows that aren't normally staged on Sundays and/or Mondays had scheduled special performances on those dates to compensate for staying dark on Halloween. Even hit musicals such as Wicked and Nice Work If You Can Get It suffered, the former seeing its grosses dip more than $490,000 and the latter more than $538,000.

Shows that were affected less include, predictably, the enduring smash The Book of Mormon, which was sold out as usual, and the much-anticipated new production of Glengarry Glen Ross, which grossed $744,703, more than any other straight play -- but also saw its opening date pushed back nearly a month by Sandy.

USA Today

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