1 Jun 2013

Broadway show earnings down

11:01 am on 1 June 2013

Earnings for Broadway shows have fallen over the past year despite higher ticket prices, according to figures from The Broadway League.

Attendance was also down from 12.3 million in the 2011-2012 season to 11.6 million.

The league blamed the poor performance on Hurricane Sandy, which closed Broadway for four days in November.

In a statement, executive director Charlotte St Martin said gross earnings and attendance just before the storm hit were higher than the same time the previous year.

The BBC reports overall Broadway takings and attendances have been on the increase for the past four years, as has the number of weeks shows are playing for.

The league's figures showed that productions took $US1.14 billion in the 12 months to May 2013 - $US577,000 less than the previous season.

Early closing of a number of productions brought the total number of playing weeks down by 6% to 1430 and left several theatres empty for part of the season.

Forty six new productions opened during the 2012-13 Broadway season, including 15 musicals and 26 plays.