Post-Irene Broadway box office numbers not pretty

August 29, 2011 - 4:00 PM
Irene New York

The looming threat of Hurricane Irene did not dissuade tourists from visiting Manhattan's Times Square, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in New York. Mayor Bloomberg advised all New Yorkers to prepare as the region girded for wind, rain, and flooding as the storm stood poised to bear down on an already saturated New York state. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York may have been spared the worst of Hurricane Irene's wrath, but Broadway took a bath.

After the hurricane prompted producers to cancel matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday, every show lost money because they were limited to five or six performances.

According to The Broadway League, one of the hardest hit shows was "Billy Elliot: The Musical," which was only able to put on four performances last week. Its four weekend shows were rained out and 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 fell by about $634,000. Both could offer only five performances.