Republican Convention Hits Broadway Right in the Box Office

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Whatever their political persuasion, Broadway producers will be happy to see the GOP exit New York City. The Republicans' Aug. 30-Sept. 2 national convention had a negative effect of Broadway tickets sales.

The complete box office figures for the week won't be available until Monday, Sept. 6, but if the receipts as the TKTS half price ticket booth in Duffy Square are any measure, numbers will be on the anemic side. According to Variety and the New York Post, the booth sold 1,029 tickets on Monday, when six shows were lit—a drop of 44.5 percent from the same week in 2003. On Tuesday, when 22 shows were up and running, the booth took in payment for 2,948 tickets, as compared to 4,500 a year ago, a dip of 52 percent. Shows like Mamma Mia! and Hairspray made a rare appearance at the half price booth this week, showing that his musicals were also suffering.

Producer Emanuel Azenberg told the Post, "Other than Sept. 11, this is the single worst week on Broadway in half a century... You have to go back to the Kennedy assassination to find something that has hurt us as much as the Republicans have."

The post also reported that Movin' Out's box office take dropped $100,000 from Monday to Wednesday.

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