According to figures posted by The Broadway League, ticket sales for Broadway musicals totalled $20 million last week, which is down from the almost $21.8 million the previous. An 8.4% decline.
With a city-ordered mass-transit shutdown in New York City, The Broadway League was forced to cancel all evening performances on Sunday October 28 through to Tuesday October 30, which led to a steep decrease in sales for many shows.
Wicked managed to weather the storm and came out on top this week with sales totaling nearly $1.7 million. The Lion King was finally knocked from the top spot as Sunday's lights-out meant a loss of $287,662 and receipts totaling just $1.4 million. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and The Book of Mormon also experienced a decrease in sales of more than $200,000.
While nearly every show was affected by shutdowns, several shows were able to keep their losses below $200,000. Mamma Mia, Evita, Mary Poppins, Chicago, and Nice Work If You Can Get It were among the shows with a decrease in sales greater than $100,000. While almost all other shows had some sort of decrease, they were not nearly as significant.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway also had a successful week, finishing up its run with receipts totaling $770,182 and capacity at 89%. The show had one of the greatest increases this week, with sales up $136,282 over the previous week, according to Playbill.com.
Many shows are offering post-Sandy discounts on tickets to performances this week, which will also contribute to lower ticket sales.