A decrease in playing weeks owing to Sandy’s impact on Broadway shows resulted in a 6.2% decrease in attendance during the 2102-2013 season, the Broadway League reported today. The season, which spanned May 28, 2012-May 26, ended up grossing $1.14 billion in box office, flat with the previous season. But the total attendance for shows that included 15 musicals, a record 26 plays and five specials was just 11.6 million, the first decline in several years. Sandy’s landfall in NY on October 29 shuttered productions for several days. “In the fall, our grosses and attendance numbers were above last fall’s numbers until Hurricane Sandy devastated our region”, Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin said. “The lost performances and the understandable slower return to Broadway by our tri-state area theatregoers contributed to the decline in both grosses and attendance…. Plus with early closings of some of our open-ended runs creating a loss in playing weeks, comparable to the decrease in attendance, there just wasn’t time to recover”.
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