As expected, Hurricane Irene hit the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern seaboard over the weekend, causing at least 4 deaths in Virginia alone and damage in states such as New Jersey and Vermont.
New York City was spared the worst of the storm’s wrath, but Broadway took a bath.
After the approaching hurricane prompted producers to cancel matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday, every show lost money because they were mostly limited to five or six performances.
According to numbers released Monday by the Broadway League, one of the hardest hit shows was Billy Elliot, which was only able to put on four performances last week. When its four weekend shows were rained out, it made only $358,485. The week before it pulled in $731,895 over its normal eight-show week.
The biggest casualties of Irene were The Lion King, which dropped almost $710,000 from the week before, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which had revenues fall by about $634,000. Both could offer only five performances.
But both those productions also were the top earners for the storm-shortened week. Revenues for The Lion King, Spider-Man and Wicked were near the $1 million mark.
Overall, the total box office gross for the week ending Sunday was a meek $11,622,879, compared to last week’s robust $20,079,820. Even so, the total haul so far this season is still ahead of last season at this stage