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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 12/16/12
Posted by Rob 2012-12-17 15:13:38


Click below to access all the grosses from all the shows for the week ending 12/16/2012 in BroadwayWorld.com's grosses section.

Also, you will find information on each show's historical grosses, cumulative grosses and other statistics on how each show stacked up this week and in the past.

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Up for the week by attendance was: BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL (11.6%), A CHRISTMAS STORY (3.9%), WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (3.5%), ANNIE (3.3%), WICKED (2.9%), GOLDEN BOY (2.6%), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (2.3%), ELF (2.3%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1.5%), GRACE (0.3%),

Down for the week by attendance was: DEAD ACCOUNTS (-15.0%), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (-9.9%), SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK (-9.3%), THE HEIRESS (-9.2%), NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (-8.6%), MAMMA MIA! (-7.4%), THE ANARCHIST (-7.3%), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (-6.4%), CHICAGO (-6.0%), MARY POPPINS (-5.9%), EVITA (-4.4%), JERSEY BOYS (-3.6%), WAR HORSE (-3.0%), CHAPLIN (-2.0%), NEWSIES (-1.5%), ONCE (-1.1%), THE LION KING (-0.9%), ROCK OF AGES (-0.8%),

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Posted by Patti LuPone FANatic 2012-12-17 16:07:52


Wow...tough numbers for lots of shows. I'm intrigued by the popularity of "Once." Is it because of the show itself or Steve Kazee in particular? Will the show remain popular once Mr. Kazee leaves, whenever that may be? I wish I could go to NYC in December or January...but will have to wait for March 2013. I miss my favorite show "Chicago." from RC in Austin, Texas

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Posted by Huss417 2012-12-17 16:16:28


It also won best musical this year which is also a reason a lot of people want to see it.

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Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-17 16:24:40


Once is a show that received almost universal raves, nine Tony awards, and has caught on incredibly well with the tourist trade. It helps that it's also a very good show.

I don't think Steve Kazee has that much to do with it, though I'm sure he's a bit of a draw.

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-17 16:39:32


How does Mamma Mia stay open?

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Posted by little_sally 2012-12-17 16:39:52


I know we've been speculating on the future of Mamma Mia for about a year now but I really do wonder how much longer it can last.

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-17 16:41:51


How awesome would it be to see a "Funny Girl" revival go back to the Winter GardenÂ…with Leslie Kritzer might I add.

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Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-17 16:46:56


With no names in the cast, a small orchestra, and a basically non-existent set, there's a good chance Mamma Mia is reaching its nut even in weeks like this. Plus, it does very well on holiday weeks (its grosses will probably be off the charts next week.)

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-17 16:56:07


I'm really surprised that Katie Holmes isn't packing that house with her name alone.

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-17 17:00:07


I think her star has faded to be honest, she hasn't had a movie (good or bad) in a couple of years that I know of.

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Posted by frogs_fan85 2012-12-17 17:02:50


I just looked at her IMDB page and she hasn't done a movie I've even heard of since Thank You For Smoking in 2005.

That and the play is horrible.

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Posted by newintown 2012-12-17 17:04:52


Other than being that guy's "wife" and being merely OK in a few semi-decent projects, what's so interesting about her? Is she really what we would accept as a "star" rather than "someone familiar?"

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Posted by ACL2006 2012-12-17 17:06:12


Kazee isn't a name, plus he was out of the show for about three weeks due to Lyme disease(I believe he returned sometime last week).

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Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-17 17:09:01


^No, that was inaccurately reported. He had (still has?) Lyme disease but never missed a show. Very impressive, his dedication and commitment to the show has been inspiring through his very tumultuous year.

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Posted by Rodgerdodger 2012-12-17 17:12:56


I repeat what I said last week -- I really think Dead Accounts is the next to go.

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Posted by little_sally 2012-12-17 17:15:37


I think people are more interested in her tabloid persona than her acting. She was never known for her acting either.

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Posted by ACL2006 2012-12-17 17:46:11


@broadwaydevil - thanks for that. just assumed he would missing a lot of shows because of that. Lyme disease leaves you with very little energy, and people tend to simply stay home & in bed.

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Posted by Brave Sir Robin2 2012-12-17 19:43:29


I'm genuinely surprised about Mamma Mia. Do you guys think they would ever move to a smaller theatre? Or would it just fold? It still had an eleven-year run, which is pretty good.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-17 19:52:44


"Pretty good"? I'd say that's an excellent run.

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Posted by chrisampm2 2012-12-17 19:55:29


Yeah, 11 years, pretty good. Do shows that run less than 10 years or so get a "disappointing run" rating?

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Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-17 20:33:12


<5 years = major flop
5 - 10 years = most likely flop
11 - 15 years = just recouping, solid run
16 - 25 years = good
25+ years = hit

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Posted by bdn223 2012-12-17 20:50:21


Brave Sir Robin... Word around town last year was that Mamma Mia was indeed going to transfer to a smaller theater, the Ambassador actually, to make way for Matilda, and Chicago was going to move into the Booth.
What caused this to change, was likely the fact that Memphis closed up the record shop earlier than expected (Closing in August rather than January, which most would expect for a show running nearly 3 years).
The other possible scenario that played out was that the Shubert Organization did not want to basically kill their chances of striking gold with a play by having it in to large a theater, by giving the Booth (one of two theaters, the other being the Golden that can house a play and without having to sell over 500 tickets a night to just break even) to Chicago for the next umpteen years.
Honestly if I had to bet the Shubert Organization would rather just let Mamma Mia close than give the production a smaller theater, especially since they are not producing the show and are only collecting rent. The only way I see Mamma Mia getting a smaller theater is if it is offered to them by the Neaderlanders or Jamjamcyn, which only have 3 theaters that are a step down from the Winter Garden in size, the Neaderlander (I think is going to be occupied for another year or two at least), the Walter Kerr (Much to intimate for Mamma Mia), and the only leave the Brooks Atkinson (the neaderlander's only playhouse).

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Posted by theatreguy 2012-12-17 21:13:06


Why wouldn't the Shuberts let them take something like the Cort or the Longacre? Assuming the producers thought the down-sizing would be worth the cost, that is. It's worked out very well for Rock of Ages . . .

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-17 21:29:34


What is ROA's nut? I'm sure royalties add up.

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Posted by bdn223 2012-12-17 21:41:57


ROA still hasn't turned a profit and its been running for over 4 year....
I think ROA's rock though is around 350,000-400,000. Although the movie flopped it saved ROA's box-office.

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Posted by Jonwo 2012-12-17 21:45:47


Mamma Mia! could easily move to a smaller theatre and just use a touring set. It has downsized in London so it's possible that the Broadway production will eventually move theatres rather than just close but I wouldn't be surprised if it closes in the next few years.

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Posted by Brave Sir Robin2 2012-12-17 22:08:16


Yeah, "pretty good" was kind of an understatement. :P

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Posted by WiCkEDrOcKS 2012-12-17 22:12:47


As excellent as Kazee is in ONCE, his attendance and future departure from the show will not affect the sale of a single seat.

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-17 22:16:31


Totally agree. Same for BOM.

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Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-18 10:53:01


Also, what about Mary Poppins? They don't seem to be packing the house even in the "Holiday" month.

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Posted by bobs3 2012-12-18 11:07:32


MARY POPPINS is safe. Disney currently has nothing to put into the New Amsterdam and since they own the theater and are the sole producer of the show they can over any weekly losses. It's better to have some income coming in than to have an empty theater with no money coming in.

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Posted by Smaxie 2012-12-18 11:24:24


They don't own the New Amsterdam. They have a lease on it from the City of New York.

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Posted by BS 2012-12-18 12:04:48


For the record, Disney is not the sole producer of Mary Poppins.

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2012-12-18 16:49:42


Disney took out a 99 year lease on the space, and it also houses the corporate offices of Disney Theatricals. In essence, they own it. And yes, Cameron Mackintosh is also a producer for POPPINS, but Disney could always cover his investment should he ever pull out (which is highly unlikely).

So yes, MARY POPPINS is safe regardless until Disney wants to bring in another show big enough for the New Amsterdam. Supposedly, I've heard, they want to get at least another 5 years out of it.

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Posted by bobs3 2012-12-18 16:53:01


And it is more complicated than just a lease. Yes, they pay a nominal rent to the city but they also get city tax breaks over the period of the lease (meaning they pay a low tax rate on the theater's revenue) in exchange for the millions they spent on the renovation and the upkeep of the theater.

The New Amsterdam renovation was the centerpiece of the Guiliani administration's revitalization of 42nd Street.

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Posted by qolbinau 2012-12-18 16:54:36


"5 years = major flop
5 - 10 years = most likely flop
11 - 15 years = just recouping, solid run
16 - 25 years = good
25+ years = hit"

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This is so odd? Where does this come from?

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Posted by bdn223 2012-12-18 17:05:45


Disney pays NYC 8% of the weekly gross whatever is curently playing in the New Amsterdam. Disney is responsible for all of the house staff, and negotiates separatly with all the Unions on whatevers playing in the New Amsterdam.
Mary Poppins will only close before another show is ready to be put in the New Amsterdam, if the amount its grossing less its nut is more than the cost of paying the house staff because economically it makes sense to make "ecomomic" profit than incur "economic" loss.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-18 18:02:49


qol -- that reference was to someone on page one saying that Mamma Mia has had a "pretty good" run.

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Posted by RippedMan 2012-12-19 11:54:46


They need to re-brand Mamma Mia. I love the show, but that poster is awful. It looks dated as hell. The bridesmaid logo is not making anyone want to see the show. And I wish they'd put out a new cast album cause that dated 80s sounding British one is awful.

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Posted by Jonwo 2012-12-19 16:28:24


I don't think you could radically change the Mamma Mia marketing, it's been tweaked over the years but the bride logo has remained the same.