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One year ago, Broadway theaters were ordered to shut their doors as the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spread throughout the U.S. and rest of the world.
As a result of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's March 12, 2020 order, which banned gatherings of more than 500 people, one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions plunged into darkness, leaving the industry in peril while tens of thousands of people looked for work elsewhere.
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At the time, there had been roughly 31 productions running including eight new shows in previews. Another eight shows were in rehearsals and were slated to open that spring, according to The Broadway League.
In the week ending on March 8, just days before theaters were shuttered, there had been 30 shows with a total attendance of 253,453. As a result, Broadway's box office grossed over $26.7 million.