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Broadway shows sizzle despite blizzard


Broadway is off to a good start in 2011.
Despite the blizzard, Broadway productions brought in $35 million during the week of the New Year’s holiday, according to the theatre trade group Broadway League.

That’s $6,9 million more than at the same time last year.

Sixteen musicals and one play, The Merchant of Venice, each earned more than $1 million. The top earner: Wicked, which set a record for the highest weekly box office gross in Broadway history, with $2 228 235 for its standard eight performances.

The Lion King followed with $1 993 370. The long-plagued Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which is still in previews ahead of an official opening on February 7, was a close third, grossing an impressive $1,88 million.

(Both The Lion King and Spider-Man share the same director, Julie Taymor.)

On the downside, nine shows, including The Pee-wee Herman Show, closed Sunday (some of those had limited engagements).

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