On with the Show? Don't Bet on It

Hit by dismal ticket sales and an advertising recession, media and entertainment companies are in full retreat

On Sept. 23, as he signed autographs outside Manhattan's Cort Theater, veteran actor Joe Bologna found himself in a new role: a victim of an economy plunged into turmoil by the terrorist attacks 12 days earlier. Bologna had just taken his final bow in the Broadway comedy If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You! Sparse audiences brought down the curtain for the last time just seven weeks after its debut. Three other Broadway shows also have closed in the aftermath of the attack.

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