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The Great White Way's bout of bad luck continued this week as another storm hit New York City — this time a snowstorm, which deterred many tourists from taking in a show, not to mention the effects of Superstorm Sandy were still very much apparent. Despite the storm, Broadway still managed to increase overall sales significantly.
According to figures posted by The Broadway League, Broadway gross ticket sales totaled $19.6 million, up just over $6 million through the week ending November 11. "An Enemy of the People" was the only show that experienced a decrease.
The Tony Award-winning musical, "Chicago", has held its spot on the Great White Way since 1996, when it opened at the Richard Rogers Theatre. From there, the show moved to the Shubert Theatre in 1997, and then to the Ambassador Theatre in 2003, where it has remained. The current Broadway cast of "Chicago" includes Amy Spanger, Amra-Faye Wright, Cory English, and Carol Woods.
Joining this all-star cast this past weekend in New York was country artist and celebrity dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. Cyrus is very excited to be taking on the role of Billy Flynn, the "silver-tongued prince of the courtroom," as described by BroadwayWorld.com.
Broadway's new arrival, "Dead Accounts" began preview performances on November 5 at the Music Box Theatre. The comedy is lead by Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as Jack ("Speed-The-Plow," "Catch Me If You Can," "Wicked") and film and television actress Katie Holmes as Lorna. The plot follows Jack's unexpected return to his parents' home in Ohio with about $27 million that he may have stolen. Lorna, the skeptical sister, questions him as the family reunion turns upside down in this dark comedy.
The show was set to begin previews on November 3, but the effects of Hurricane Sandy postponed performances for "Dead Accounts" along with many shows on Broadway. Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien ("The Coast of Utopia," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Hairspray") directs the play. "Dead Accounts" officially opens on November 29 and will run for 16 weeks. Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell ("Follies", "Well") plays the siblings' mother, with Judy Greer ("The Descendants") debuting on Broadway as the wife of Butz's character Jack. Josh Hamilton plays a childhood friend of Butz.
Hurricane Sandy made its strength known in New York City last week, including the Broadway neighborhood, forcing several shows to cancel performances and with the mass-transit system shutdown, the storm effected shows through the rest of the week.
According to The Broadway League, receipts for the Great White Way's 28 shows totaled $13.7 million, down nearly $6 million from the previous week's sales. Broadway favorites like "The Book of Mormon," "Wicked," and "The Lion King" still managed to bring in over $1 million, but several shows reached less than 50 percent of their potential gross, according to figures posted by BroadwayWorld.com.
"Zarkana," a magical acrobatic rock opera experience will mesmerize audience members on the Las Vegas strip as another Cirque du Soleil production. Preview performances began on November 1 at the Elvis Theatre in Aria Resort & Casino. The preview performances will run through November 11 and the show will officially open on November 12 for a full residency.
Before finding its' full-residence in Vegas, "Zarkana" was a touring show selling more than a million tickets to awed theatergoers around the world. The production debuted the summer of 2011 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It then had successful limited engagements in Spain's Madrid Arena, at the Kremlin Theater in Moscow, and back at New York's Radio City Music Hall for another summer in 2012.
Broadway will finally be back to its normal schedule this week after being dark while Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City last week. A true icon and one of the city's biggest economic contributors, Broadway reopened on Wednesday, October 31, some shows offering discounted tickets, and serving as just a small reminder that nothing can stop "the city that never sleeps."
Amanda Pekoe, president of theatrical marketing and advertising company The Pekoe Group, told TicketNews® that while she expects that there will be a slight bump in ticket sales this coming week, things are still not quite back to normal. "There are still a lot of factors that needs to be considered, including that right now only a couple of trains are running into Manhattan from Brooklyn, many areas are still recovering from the storm and will continue for quite some time, and there is a gas shortage. Peoples' priorities right now are safety and helping their friends and neighbors bounce back."
George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" has returned to the stage of the David H. Koch Theater for the 2012 holiday season. The performance is scheduled to run from November 25 through December 31. According to the New York Post , "New York City Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' is as much about kicking off the holiday season as it is about dance." The ballet is a familiar classic for the holidays.
Featured on stage are 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two separate casts of 50 students currently enrolled in the School of American Ballet. The staging features Balanchine's classic choreography and elaborate visual effects. "From the moment the lights dim, you are transported to a wondrous world of magic and wonder. A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets," claims the official website for the New York City Ballet.
Hurricane Sandy definitely had an effect on Broadway ticket sales through the week ending October 28. All but four shows on the Great White Way experienced a decrease, and gross ticket sales were down $1.7 million, or 8.4 percent from the previous week.
According to figures posted by The Broadway League, ticket sales totaled $20 million through Sunday, down from the almost $21.8 million previously. 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 and Monday, October 29, which led to a steep decrease in sales for many shows.
"Giant" is a musical about a love story based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber. Previews began Off-Broadway at The Public's Newman Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, on October 26, 2012. The official opening is set for November 13 and the production will run to December 2, 2012.
The Public Theater has a tradition of teaming up with non-profit theaters around the country. "Giant" is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center. Three-time Tony-nominated director, Michael Greif will direct the New York production as he was the director of the play at the Dallas Theater Center last winter. The Public Theater also has a great history of presenting new musicals, Shakespeare, and other classics with this strategy.
PRESS RELEASE: "MOST BROADWAY MATINEE AND EVENING PERFORMANCES TO GO ON AS SCHEDULED TOMORROW WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31st"
Most Broadway matinee and evening performances in New York City will play as scheduled on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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(New York, NY) - October 30, 2012