Broadway shows reported declines in box-office revenue across the board last week following super storm Sandy. Total Broadway grosses were $13.6 million for the week ending Sunday, down about $5.7 million, or 30%, from the previous week, according to data provided by the Broadway League.
Sandy hit the area last Monday, prompting shows to cancel performances. Most Broadway shows resumed their normal schedules by Thursday, but the tri-state area was still reeling from power outages that affected public transportation as well as traffic in and out of Manhattan.
Total Broadway revenue for the week was down 36% from the same week last year.
Blockbuster shows that took big hits included "The Phantom of the Opera," which saw its weekly receipts drop 39%; "Wicked," which dropped 30%; and "Jersey Boys," which fell by 32%.
Some Broadway productions offered discounted tickets in the days immediately following Sandy. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" offered $37 tickets to people from states affected by the storm. The musical saw its revenue drop nearly 55% from the week before.