Broadway Loses a Few Million Dollars During NYC Blackout - NBC New York

Broadway Loses a Few Million Dollars During NYC Blackout



    ‘Come From Away’ Cast Performs Outside Theatre Amid NYC Blackout

    The cast of the award-winning Broadway musical “Come From Away” staged a performance outside the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre amid a power outage in Midtown Manhattan on July 13, 2019. (Published Saturday, July 13, 2019)

    Broadway saw its grosses dip slightly this week following the massive blackout in Manhattan that drove performers out of the theaters and onto the streets.

    The Broadway League weekly data indicated that Broadway shows lost somewhere between 3-5 million dollars due to the blackout which forced all but three theaters to cancel performances. Last week's shows grosses were at $30,566,473.66, according to the League, but previous weeks averaged around $35 million.

    Attendance numbers were clearly also effected. Broadway saw nearly 45,000 less people in the crowd compared to the previous week, according to the data.

    In an example of unshakable, resilient New York spirit -- the casts of the award-winning musical "Come From Away" and "Hadestown" gave impromptu performances to crowds on the street.

    See the Manhattan Skyline During Blackout

    [NATL] See the Manhattan Skyline During Blackout

    This clip posted to social media shows part of the Manhattan skyline in the dark after a massive power outage hit midtown.

    (Published Monday, July 15, 2019)

    Tickets resaler StubHub also said it offered $500,000 in refunds for canceled shows, which include non-Broadway performances. The company says over 1,500 orders were impacted and none of the shows were rescheduled except for 

    Jennifer Lopez's show at Madison Square Garden and Dave Chappelle's show, which will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 21.

    The outage, which knocked out power to nearly 73,000 customers, impacted the area from 40th Street to Columbus Circle, according to the FDNY. Con Edison has said that the blackout was due to backup systems failing.

    JLo Reschedules MSG Concert After Blackout Ends Show

    [NY] JLo Reschedules MSG Concert After Blackout Ends Show

    The New York City native was in the middle of her performance Saturday when all the lights went out in the arena, and across the western portion of Midtown. Now all the fans who had tickets can see the show in full Monday night. NBC 4 New York's Checkey Beckford reports.

    (Published Monday, July 15, 2019)

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