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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14

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Rob
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:08pm
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14 Click below to access all the grosses from all the shows for the week ending 5/18/2014 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: ALL THE WAY (22.7%), THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (22.0%), ROCK OF AGES (7.3%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (6.0%), LES MISÉRABLES (5.9%), ACT ONE (5.5%), ONCE (4.8%), THE REALISTIC JONESES (4.5%), JERSEY BOYS (3.8%), VIOLET (3.6%), OF MICE AND MEN (3.6%), A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (2.7%), ROCKY (2.5%), THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (2.4%), KINKY BOOTS (2.3%), MATILDA (1.6%), LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL (0.7%), WICKED (0.6%), BEAUTIFUL (0.2%),

Down for the week by attendance was: CHICAGO (-11.7%), IF/THEN (-8.2%), MOTHERS AND SONS (-5.9%), AFTER MIDNIGHT (-4.8%), CASA VALENTINA (-4.6%), CABARET (-3.7%), BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (-3.2%), MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (-1.5%), PIPPIN (-1.3%), MAMMA MIA! (-1.1%), CINDERELLA (-0.9%), NEWSIES (-0.5%), THE LION KING (-0.5%),

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jnb9872
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joined:11/24/08
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:14pm
Looks like you have some issues with those ALL THE WAY numbers, Rob. 6 performances, 106% capacity but 77% potential gross?

Does anyone think MOTHERS AND SONS will win the Tony? Because they really need a lift.
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newintown
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joined:3/3/10
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:15pm
I'm a bit surprised that even in its closing week, Bridges could only rake in 57.76% of it's potential. I know the more vehement fans will hold to the idea that Serino Coyne was entirely to blame, but I wonder if (I know, this is heresy to some) it's just not the kind of show that appeals to many people?
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HenryTDobson
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joined:1/5/13
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:17pm
A pretty healthy week for all.

What are our thoughts on new show closings? I give Rocky, Bullets, and If/Then until January.
Liza's Headband
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joined:5/28/13
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:18pm
You can't speculate on IF/THEN closing until you know when Idina's contract ends. Whenever that happens, the show closes.
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HenryTDobson
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:19pm
^thank you for stating the obvious. I thereby speculate that Idina Menzel's contract ends in January. And so does the show.
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ljay889
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joined:8/4/04
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:22pm
Bridges might have benefited from some names, but the last thing id want is to hear Brooke Shields and John Stamos sing that score.
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givesmevoice
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joined:12/2/07
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:25pm
Exciting to see Gentleman's Guide's good fortune continuing with a sell-out week!

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Updated On: 5/19/14 at 03:25 PM
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Sauja
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joined:1/7/07
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:39pm
How many performances did Idina miss last week? That's a steep drop, and I thought she was only out once. But I could be wrong.

So happy for Gentleman's Guide. And I'm continuing to keep my fingers crossed for Rocky since I think I'm its biggest fan.
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BroadwayGirl107
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joined:8/26/03
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 03:47pm
I believe Idina missed five (and a half) shows. I actually thought there'd be a bigger drop for If/Then.
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bwayphreak234
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joined:7/4/10
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 04:03pm
If/Then still had a healthy week. When Idina leaves, the show is done. That's pretty much a fact at this point.
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ethan231h
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joined:5/5/11
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 04:07pm
Idina indeed miss 5 1/2 shows but they might get another celebrity to take over Elizabeth in the future you can't just say the show is over when the first of the original cast leaves.
As for the other shows I think Pippin and Matilda will really pick up again this summer maybe not as much as last year but hopefully well!
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Sauja
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Posted: 5/19/14 at 04:13pm
Oh wow. If it was 5 and a half, then I'm actually very impressed with how well the show did without her.

In terms of trying to keep it alive after her, who has enough name recognition AND can handle the score? I mean...assuming anyone can handle the score. It seems like it's destined to be a voice-wrecker.
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Blackbird3
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joined:11/21/13
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 04:26pm
jnb9872, good question. I think the show is scheduled to close on Tony day anyway, at least according to Playbill. But Telecharge has tickets on sale through July, so who knows?

Curious about what caused the jump for All The Way, assuming the numbers are correct. Why were there only 6 shows this week instead of 8? It seems that was also the case the week before.
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musikman
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 04:41pm
Newintown: Just as a heads up, the spring road conference was last week. Most of the new shows this season (including Bridges) set aside a great deal of complimentary tickets - mostly in the orchestra section - where they could have been charging full price. That accounted for a a bit of the drop off in gross sales for some shows this week.
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qolbinau
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 05:06pm
The next couple of weeks are going to be interesting for if/then because we're finally getting to shows that did not have a strong advance when the reviews were posted. It should start to indicate the longevity of the show.
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newintown
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 05:37pm
That makes sense, musikman; do you think Bridges offered comps, in the hope of recouping a little on the road? There's been speculation on whether it would tour or not, in its present form or revised.



Updated On: 5/19/14 at 05:37 PM
ScottK
Chorus Member
joined:12/13/12
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 08:27pm
re: ALL THE WAY--reduced perfs because Bryan Cranston had to do publicity for the release of Godzilla

re: IF/THEN--Idina is contracted for one year
Jonwo
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joined:3/16/06
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 08:39pm
I imagine since Bryan Cranston had to do publicity for Godzilla, Warner Bros would pay for the lost performances to the producers of All the Way, they did that when Daniel Radcliffe had to do publicity for the final Harry Potter film although that was a week rather than two performances.

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Up In One
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joined:5/27/04
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 09:26pm
If you compare Gentleman's rise to Once pre-Tony, Gentleman's is still lagging. I think they would have done better opening after the New Year no matter how crowded. With all these nominations and now awards pouring in it should be doing better than 75% of its gross potential. Will the Tony actually put it over that mark and for how long?
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musikman
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Posted: 5/19/14 at 09:40pm
Newintown: The Bridges producers were very eagerly courting the road presenters last week. They made sure any presenter that wanted to see the show got to, and set aside extra comp tickets beyond that. All of them, plus the whole cast, showed up to the show sponsored conference after party to mingle and perform. I was able to talk with many of the producers, and they all seemed to be on board with touring the show, or at least having a great desire to do so.

Somewhere in the range of 600-700 people attend the conference. Even if only half the people at the conference saw Bridges, if you multiply 350 tickets x $141 for the orchestra seats, that's $47,940 right there. No small penny.

Gentleman's Guide was the same way. They made sure that every presenter who wanted a ticket, got one. That definitely accounted for whey their grosses went down a good deal, even though they were at sell out capacity.
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ACL2006
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Posted: 5/19/14 at 09:42pm
was also expecting a big drop for If/Then. I guess not that many people stood in line for exchanges.

Gentleman's Guide continues to amaze me with their grosses. No hype leading up to the show, no stars, and a show with zero history to it. This is a show that has stayed alive thanks to strong reviews, terrific word-of-mouth & a lot of Tony nominations. I personally feel it's between Gentleman's Guide & Beautiful for Best Musical.
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Theater'sBestFriend
Featured Actor
joined:3/5/13
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 09:51pm
How does one explain the very anemic and disappointing box office performance of Gentleman's Guide (only 73.53% of potential gross) despite the "strong reviews, terrific word-of-mouth & a lot of Tony nominations"? This has always baffled me, as the show is great.
Updated On: 5/19/14 at 09:51 PM
broadfan327
Leading Actor
joined:3/20/08
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 10:21pm
Some people want to see their money on the stage for a musical, or a celebrity star. Gentlemen's doesn't show you the money or have stars in it...I thought it was the best musical of the season...
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Bway_Mill_Fan
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joined:7/24/03
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 10:50pm
What if Sara Ramirez did if/then? I think they'd need a recognizable name that preferably had a theater background.
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BobNC
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joined:6/30/13
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 5/18/14
Posted: 5/19/14 at 11:00pm
So glad '"Beautiful" is still going strong. I definitely hope it wins Best Muical.


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