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Blizzard Took a Bite out of Broadway Profits



    Blizzard Took a Bite out of Broadway Profits
    A man shovels snow early Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 from an outdoor riser in New York's Times Square in front of billboards advertising Broadway shows, all of which were cancelled on Monday evening in anticipation of a crippling blizzard which failed to materialize, despite shutting down the city. The blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    The winter storm that barreled into New York over the weekend made a mess of Broadway box office receipts, with most shows reduced to six performances instead of eight when Saturday went dark.

    The Broadway League said Tuesday that the grosses for the week ending Sunday were $15,977,958, far lower than last week's haul of $26,239,268. Every show lost money.

    Attendance also dropped to 174,717 last week from 257,867 the previous week.

    The poor results were expected since a key weekend day was lost when New York was hit with a one-day record of 26.6 inches of snow. Broadway shuttered its Saturday matinee and evening performances after subway, bus and railroad service were suspended.

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