Broadway Bruised By Transit Strike

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – As the New York City transit strike wound down last week, the Big Apple’s entertainment industry brushed itself off, then moved straight to tallying its damages.

Broadway felt the largest impact, according to Variety, with Wednesday’s usually-popular holiday matinees seeing a well above average 6% to 8% of no-show ticketholders.

Wednesday night’s performances jumped from the usual 1% to between 2% and 3% for many shows.

Most shows were able to continue the performances with no problems. Monster hit “Monty Python’s Spamalot” was performed after a delayed curtain when Hank Azaria and other cast members were caught in a traffic jam. In a strange twist, however, original Python Eric Idle was present in the audience, and was eventually coaxed onto the stage to warm up the crowd. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers