The reality of Broadway Theater is that most shows don't have the longevity of 'The Phantom of the Opera' or 'Wicked' - both successful and unsuccessful productions open and close in theaters on a monthly basis. 'Shuffle Along' and 'Fully Committed' are two such shows.
Late-summer into early fall tends to be a dry-spell period when it comes to Broadway ticket sales and attendance, as post-Labor Day is a time when shows close their doors and grosses take a huge dip. The lull rarely lasts longer than mid-October when the market takes a huge swing into the green around this time of year, and similarly after the Christmas season when March rolls around. This year, the October jump occurred just after Columbus Day holiday weekend for the resale ticket market, as the jump in average ticket price is actually 5% higher than it was at this time last year. Shows such as 'The King and I' and 'A Gentleman's Guide of Love and Murder' are particularly experiencing ticket price surges.
Simons Stephens's adaptation of Tom Haddon's award-winning bestseller won seven Olivier Awards last year.
Some relief, yes, after the horrible ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre in London's Shaftesbury Avenue. According to The Stage, West End audience numbers have not generally been affected by the widely-reported catastrophe.