Cross-posted for continuity...
From Goeff Edgers in the Boston Globe, a report on the impact of "Lion King" and Rockettes' Christmas show on local arts organization, including the ballet: Local shows strain to outkick holiday rivals
.... local arts leaders haven’t had much fun visiting their box offices in recent weeks. They’ve seen ticket sales soften and their high hopes of hitting revenue goals dwindle during the all-important holiday season.
While Radio City officials say they’re selling more tickets than they expected, the locals who once owned the holiday box office -- including Boston Ballet, Revels, and the Handel and Haydn Society -- are sharing an unwelcome problem: They’re all running behind last year’s pace for ticket sales.