Magazine article Variety

'Annie' Helps B'way Bounce Back

Magazine article Variety

'Annie' Helps B'way Bounce Back

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Figures for Broadway's box office and attendance were still a bit storm-tossed in the first full frame (Nov. 5-11) after Sandy.

Attendance hit 219,655, much better than the 149,443 logged during the prior stormshortened week, but less than the 257,751 logged for the same week last year.

The sales tally rose to $19,598,827 for the 32 shows on the boards. Last year's sesh, also with 32 productions, pulled in $23.8 million in advanee of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday boom.

Of course, Week 24 had other obstacles besides storm recovery. Nov. 6 was the annual B.O. drain of Election Night, and soon thereafter, a nor'easter kept the weather inhospitable for a couple of days. Plus, it was the first complete week following a time change, which some legiters blame for a regular downück in sales.

Among individual shows, "Annie" ($872,700) was perhaps the attention-getter of the week, in that the musical accommodated a slew of comps for press perfs and its Nov. …

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