Obama Visit Spikes Ticket Sales For Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle had a date night in New York City this past Saturday night, and the centerpiece of their evening out was a Broadway show. The Obamas visited the Belasco Theatre in Times Square, taking in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway revival of August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. The audience at the performance was delighted to have the Commander-in-Chief in attendance with them, and they weren’t the only audiences affected by the Obamas’ Broadway visit. The press coverage of the First Couple at the show proved to be phenomenal publicity for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, which was struggling with ticket sales. According to the New York Post, Joe Turner’s sold three times as many tickets as usual on the day after the President and First Lady attended the play. Now if only a few other troubled Broadway shows could entice the leader of the free world and his wife to show up for a visit …

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Carly graduated University Of Toronto, Theatre and Performance program. She has written for various publications including art-speaks, Pembroke Daily Observer, Toronto Star - Performing Arts Section, The Canadian Post and more recently the Village Voice and the New York Daily News. As a member of the Barrow Group, an award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company and performing arts school, her specialties include performance stage production and talent casting.