Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Broadway's rough road ahead

The second-act rendition of “Let’s Hang On,” in “Jersey Boys,” might be Broadway’s anthem at the moment.

Nearly every show had its audience shrink last week, with 14 productions experiencing more than a 10 percent drop in ticket sales.
So musicals and plays are trying to hang on until the holidays bring an influx of cheer-seeking visitors to New York, looking to be entertained.

After the new year they will try to hang on again, through January and February, traditionally two of the industry’s slowest months.

Three musicals, “Hairspray,” “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” and “Spring Awakening,” have already announced that they are closing in January. A handful of others have been struggling to fill seats.