Broadway shows reported declines in box-office revenue across the board last week following
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
Total Broadway revenue for the week was down 36% from the same week last year.
Some Broadway productions offered discounted tickets in the days immediately following Sandy.
Other shows offering post-Sandy discounts were "Cyrano," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "The Performers."
The number of seats sold on Broadway for the week fell by 30% to 149,443. On a normal week, a typical Broadway show has eight performances. Last week, shows had between five and seven performances.
Off-Broadway theaters and those in downtown New York were hit the hardest in the past week. Power outages in lower Manhattan meant that many had to keep their doors closed until at least Saturday.