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Broadway Makes Post-Sandy Bounce Over Thanksgiving Holidays

Big Name Shows Lead Way as Tourists Return to New York City

Hits shows like Wicked helped Broadway bounce back from Hurricane Sandy.

Broadway is back again after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy. The Great White Way’s 31 shows, including standards like Wicked, The Lion King and Spider-Man, grossed $27 million over the Thanksgiving holidays, according to the Broadway League.

Usually one of the theater district’s biggest weekends, this year’s holiday topped the previous week’s gross of $20.88 million from 33 shows by more than 30 percent. But it didn’t take home the turkey.

Some lingering post-Sandy aftershocks caused the holiday box office to fall short of last year’s $28.1 million gross. But it came close. Over the holidays, tourists flock to the city to catch shows and usually aim for big-name productions.

Not surprisingly, long-running favorites like Wicked were big winners. It scored it’s best week (eight shows) since the Joe Mantello-directed and Wayne Cilento-choreographed original premiered at the Gershwin Theatre in 2003.

The show grossed $2.29 million compared with The Book Of Mormon at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, taking in just over $1.8 million and Annie’s $1.5 million, also a box office record for the show, according to the Broadway industry group.

The holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s are critical for theater shows, which rack up much of their business during the period. Sandy shut down all shows for three days in October because of disruption to the city’s subway system.


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