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Winter, as they say on Game of Thrones, is here.

On Broadway the January chill has set in after three weeks of big holiday box office.

Already, many long running show are facing steep drops. I’m surprised that “The Lion King” is showing real signs of wear and tear in that regard. Last week’s $1.6 million take is their third drop in a row. They’re running around $200,000 a week less than they did at this time last year.

“Wicked,” another mainstay, is down $2 million since the end of the year. “The Book of Mormon” has fallen over $500,000 in that time. So did “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which just had its lowest weekly gross since April 2019. Many other shows, even “Hamilton,” saw steep declines as the holiday ended and the tourists returned to their home planets.

Only two shows are really booming right now: David Byrne’s “American Utopia” and LinManuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme.” They’re perfect ways to warm up on a cold January night.


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