Friday, May 29, 2020

One Year Later

My how things can change in just three hundred and sixty-five days. Sometimes when I am having trouble coming up with a subject for my daily blog, I often look back at some of my posts from before. Not only does it usually spark an idea or two, but it also gives me a chance to see my growth as a writer over these past few years. Normally around this time of year, the Broadway League releases their stats for the current Broadway season.You know, how much money was made at the box office for that year. For the 2018-2019 Broadway season, they grossed a total of $1.83 billion, breaking the record from the year before. Sadly this year, the only record being broken is that this is the longest that Broadway has ever been shut down. The longest time before that, was the musicians strike in 1975 that lasted twenty-five days.

Now while I won't even begin to speculate what the numbers will be for the 2019-2020 Broadway season, I can tell you it will for sure be one of the lowest in years, and well below a billion dollars.Yes I know it's only been ninety days since Broadway shut down, but when you consider that the gross for the last full week of shows on March 9, 2020 was a little over $26 million dollars, you can pretty much estimate how much Broadway will be down from last year.Not to mention there is always a spike in sales during the month of May, for all the shows that have been nominated for Tony Awards. The truth is, it will be a long time before Broadway hit's the one billion mark again. All we can hope is that when it does come back, it will be even better than ever before, and that everyone in the theatre will feel safe once again. Until next time theatre fans.

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