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New Personal Websites!

New Personal Websites!

Since launching in 2003, BroadwayWorld has become the largest theatre website in the world. From news and reviews to interviews and original videos, BroadwayWorld is the leader in theatre coverage worldwide. Our unparalleled database houses almost 305,000 profiles, 4,400 plays and musicals, and over 31,000 productions; and this summer, BroadwayWorld will unveil the opportunity for theatre artists of all kinds to expand their BWW profiles into their own simple-to-use personal websites.

In addition to being able to customize the site and upload photographs, videos, and credits, artists will be able to integrate news, photos, links, and other information already found on BroadwayWorld. Currently, we are looking for beta testers to help ensure that the system is ready for launch, and we want you to be involved.

We are looking for active theatre artists of all backgrounds from around the world to participate. The ideal beta tester would be someone who already has an active BroadwayWorld profile, but does not already have a personal website. We are looking to involve artists with a wide-range of computer ability, so don't let the technical aspects scare you.

The beta testers would be asked to create their websites and to submit feedback on layout, functionality, and ease-of-use. For participating, testers will receive one full year of site hosting for free.

Once sites are created, users will have the option to connect a personal, customized URL to their new BroadwayWorld-hosted website to enhance the customization.

If you would like to be one of the first theatre artists in the world to be a part of this project, please email your resume and a link to your BWW profile to beta@broadwayworld.com.

 

Posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @ 01:02 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments


INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 5/11

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights!

Amongst this week's news SOMETHING ROTTEN! celebrated its best week yet for the week ending Sunday, May 10 at the St. James Theatre with a weekly gross of $903,211.00

Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 5/10/2015.


Top 5 by This Week Gross
THE LION KING $1,701,798
WICKED $1,469,322
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,446,131
ALADDIN $1,422,347
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $1,298,817
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AIRLINE HIGHWAY ($175,953), ON THE TOWN ($202,745), THE VISIT ($208,078), HAND TO GOD ($400,886), IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU ($409,488)

Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
IT'S ONLY A PLAY $110,070
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY $106,164
SOMETHING ROTTEN! $102,178
WICKED $81,866
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $78,586
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
ON THE TOWN ($-298,895), THE LION KING ($-206,501), GIGI ($-116,315), WOLF HALL PARTS ONE & TWO ($-94,084), FINDING NEVERLAND ($-52,490)

Top 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE BOOK OF MORMON $165.39
THE AUDIENCE $154.83
THE LION KING $148.24
BEAUTIFUL $143.39
FISH IN THE DARK $136.87
Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
ON THE TOWN ($45.82), AIRLINE HIGHWAY ($48.77), THE VISIT ($52.57), DOCTOR ZHIVAGO ($62.66), IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU ($68.01)

Top 5 by Gross % of Potential
FISH IN THE DARK 114.43%
THE AUDIENCE 110.42%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 103.97%
ALADDIN 99.69%
THE LION KING 94.05%
Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
ON THE TOWN (23.43%), THE VISIT (27.28%), GIGI (32.28%), AIRLINE HIGHWAY (35.92%), IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (41.32%)

Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
FISH IN THE DARK 101.4%
FUN HOME 101.3%
THE AUDIENCE 100.7%
THE KING AND I 100.0%
Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

WOLF HALL PARTS ONE & TWO (52.5%), THE VISIT (54.9%), GIGI (55.8%), ON THE TOWN (59.0%), JERSEY BOYS (65.1%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU 1172
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH 944
IT'S ONLY A PLAY 871
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER 673
KINKY BOOTS 653
Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
ON THE TOWN (-3519), THE LION KING (-1457), WOLF HALL PARTS ONE & TWO (-995), FINDING NEVERLAND (-658), GIGI (-654)

That's all for this week... Other statistics that you'd like to see? Let us know!

 

Posted on: Monday, May 11, 2015 @ 08:34 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Vote Now for the BWW Awards!

Vote Now for the BWW Awards!Awards season in NYC is now in FULL swing, and with the critics, press, and industry all having their chances to nominate and vote -- now it's the fans' turn.

Don't worry about snubs either, we've got our largest nominee list ever!

Now in our 12th year, the BroadwayWorld.com Awards are, by FAR, the largest fan based awards of their kind. Open to anyone to vote, we're excited to present a full slate of eligible nominees in categories that both mirror the popular critical awards, as well as fan favorite categories for Best Tour, and Best Off Broadway shows. Each year we've set new records on the numbers of votes, and we're looking forward to another record year.

So, what are you waiting for? Click Here to Vote!

 

Posted on: Friday, May 01, 2015 @ 11:35 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 4/20

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights!

Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 4/19/2015.


Top 5 by This Week Gross
THE LION KING $1,843,463
WICKED $1,655,749
ALADDIN $1,534,574
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,467,290
FISH IN THE DARK $1,180,983
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AIRLINE HIGHWAY ($144,334), LIVING ON LOVE ($170,833), THE VISIT ($212,750), THE HEIDI CHRONICLES ($311,933), HAND TO GOD ($319,194)

Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $322,907
WOLF HALL PARTS ONE & TWO $265,972
SOMETHING ROTTEN! $83,765
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $53,171
HAND TO GOD $36,293
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-526,112), THE LION KING ($-449,598), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-322,795), MATILDA ($-294,598), ALADDIN ($-233,780)

Top 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE BOOK OF MORMON $168.34
THE AUDIENCE $154.10
BEAUTIFUL $140.74
THE LION KING $139.79
FISH IN THE DARK $135.75
Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
LIVING ON LOVE ($25.33), AIRLINE HIGHWAY ($31.68), THE VISIT ($41.71), IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU ($55.80), DOCTOR ZHIVAGO ($57.38)

Top 5 by Gross % of Potential
FISH IN THE DARK 113.47%
THE AUDIENCE 110.28%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 105.49%
THE LION KING 100.05%
ALADDIN 97.43%
Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
LIVING ON LOVE (17.85%), AIRLINE HIGHWAY (24.49%), THE VISIT (27.9%), ON THE TOWN (30.89%), THE HEIDI CHRONICLES (35.0%)

Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.2%
FISH IN THE DARK 101.4%
THE AUDIENCE 101.1%
THE KING AND I 100.0%
ALADDIN 99.4%
Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES (50.2%), ON THE TOWN (55.0%), GIGI (64.9%), JERSEY BOYS (66.6%), CHICAGO (66.9%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 987
LIVING ON LOVE 941
AIRLINE HIGHWAY 731
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH 679
FUN HOME 574
Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
ON THE TOWN (-2503), JERSEY BOYS (-1686), LES MISERABLES (-1663), KINKY BOOTS (-1580), GIGI (-1452)

That's all for this week... Other statistics that you'd like to see? Let us know!

 

Posted on: Monday, April 20, 2015 @ 03:10 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 4/13

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights!

Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 4/12/2015.

In today's hot news, Peter Morgan's The Audience, starring Helen Mirren, directed by Stephen Daldry, has recouped its $3,400,000 production costs in just eight weeks.


Top 5 by This Week Gross
THE LION KING $2,293,061
WICKED $2,181,861
ALADDIN $1,768,354
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,517,969
MATILDA $1,248,351
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AIRLINE HIGHWAY ($143,150), LIVING ON LOVE ($198,392), THE VISIT ($224,289), HAND TO GOD ($282,901), THE HEIDI CHRONICLES ($368,596)

Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
BEAUTIFUL $221,945
ON THE TOWN $188,736
IT'S ONLY A PLAY $180,540
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO $167,566
KINKY BOOTS $144,407
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE LION KING ($-340,470), ALADDIN ($-256,313), WICKED ($-176,511), MATILDA ($-168,286), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($-158,507)

Top 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE BOOK OF MORMON $173.56
THE LION KING $170.67
THE AUDIENCE $151.56
WICKED $148.65
FISH IN THE DARK $134.17
Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
LIVING ON LOVE ($34.18), AIRLINE HIGHWAY ($37.42), THE VISIT ($43.19), HAND TO GOD ($52.09), IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU ($52.43)

Top 5 by Gross % of Potential
FISH IN THE DARK 112.41%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 109.13%
THE AUDIENCE 108.18%
ALADDIN 101.72%
THE LION KING 101.54%
Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
LIVING ON LOVE (20.73%), AIRLINE HIGHWAY (24.29%), THE VISIT (29.41%), HAND TO GOD (40.62%), IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU (41.1%)

Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.6%
FINDING NEVERLAND 102.3%
FISH IN THE DARK 101.6%
THE AUDIENCE 100.8%
ALADDIN 100.0%
Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES (61.6%), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (66.8%), LIVING ON LOVE (67.6%), ON THE TOWN (71.7%), THE VISIT (72.0%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU 2210
LIVING ON LOVE 1827
KINKY BOOTS 1449
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO 1440
IT'S ONLY A PLAY 1337
Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE LION KING (-1859), ALADDIN (-1722), WICKED (-1179), SOMETHING ROTTEN! (-947), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (-743)

That's all for this week... Other statistics that you'd like to see? Let us know!

 

Posted on: Monday, April 13, 2015 @ 03:20 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Open Position: Digital Marketing Intern / Junior Sales Associate

BroadwayWorld.com Seeks Digital Marketing Intern / Junior Sales Associate
 
Want to join the BroadwayWorld.com team this summer, for a great, paid, part-time, telecommuting internship opportunity? We're seeking an eager and ambitious individual or student to cooperate with the site's sales and marketing team on a variety of special projects. 
 
This new position will have you working closely with the BWW Digital Sales, Marketing and Editorial teams on such projects as database and client development, reach-outs, social media research and marketing, creation of online marketing and sales materials, and so much more. It's ideal for someone looking to enter the fields of digital marketing and communications. 
 
You will gain valuable experience interacting with some of the top minds in the business on the crafting of media plans, developing new categories of prospects, database development through our CRM program, joining in on 'big idea' brain storming sessions, participating on campaign launches, deck development, social media, and more.
 
Additionally, you'll work on new social media based offerings and promotion for the site, so the ideal candidate will gain knowledge of today's and tomorrow's top social media networks, including how brands and publishers are utilizing them all.
 
Requirements - Past digital media internship experience is a must, as are strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to commit 20-30 hours per week, full familiarity with all of BroadwayWorld.com's online offerings, and expert proficiency in digital research and social media.
 
Also of note - nearly all of our full-time staff were former BroadwayWorld.com interns.
 
Interested? Please send a resume to contact@broadwayworld.com along with availability, and why you are the perfect choice.
 
 
 
 
 

Posted on: Monday, April 06, 2015 @ 01:51 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Updated Message Board

Just in time for Spring, we unveiled a slew of updates to the site's popular message boards this week...and then happily made a slew of fixes and tweaks based on instant feedback from our visitors (with whom we wouldn't be here!). Here's a few quick highlights...

1) All of our message boards now have a new and fully responsive design, so they will both load faster, and display a mobile phone optimized version if you're 'on the go'. 

2) Posting and replying now features a (long) overdue update of a WYSIWYG editor which makes it easy to format text, add multiple links, photos and now videos. 

3) An also long overdue 'quote' feature lets you quote a message in your reply with one easy click. 

4) We overhauled the site's Private Message system at the same time, giving it the same fancy new editor, and it's now fully mobile friendly at last. 

Much more on the way --- and happy chatting

 

Posted on: Saturday, April 04, 2015 @ 02:52 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

At This Performance...

At This Performance...We've got a wonderful new weekly series on the site, by Tyler Peterson, which kicked off earlier this month, entitled AT THIS PERFORMANCE.

This new feature highlights the work of some of Broadway's hardest-working actors - understudies and standbys!

Waiting in the wings, these show-savers detail their favorite moments on stage, backstage, and in rehearsal in this new series, offering an inside look at one of the most stressful jobs on the Great White Way.

So far, we've spoken to KINKY BOOTS Timothy Ware, BEAUTIFUL's Rebecca LaChance, LES MISERABLES' Aaron Walpole and WICKED's Lilli Cooper. Catch up with all 4, here

Posted on: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 03:09 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

One Night SMASH Concert a Harder Ticket Than HAMILTON?

One Night SMASH Concert a Harder Ticket Than HAMILTON?SMASH may have gone off the air back in May of 2013, but it certainly hasn't gone off our minds -- especially with the astonishing success ($230,000+ as of this entry) of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for an Actors Fund concert that's defied all expectations. 

Seriously - it might be easier to get a ticket to HAMILTON down at the Public than to get into this one night event. 

We've been doing some great interviews with the players involved in putting the evening together who share some details on how it all happened, as well as reacting to the community interest which continues to astound. 

Check out Actors Fund President Joe Benincasa here, Producer Tim Pinckney here, and writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman here -- with more to come! 

Posted on: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 11:07 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Celebrate Stephen Sondheim's 85th - FREE!

In celebration of the March 24th in-home debut of "INTO THE WOODS," an all-star line-up of Broadway performers  are uniting to honor legendary composer, Stephen Sondheim, on the occasion of his 85th birthday on March 22 at 42 West, 514 W. 42 St. (between 10th/11th Ave.), New York, NY at 8 PM. The evening cabaret will celebrate the journey of 'WOODS' and Sondheim from stage to screen. Performances will include music from INTO THE WOODS, as well as other Sondheim classics sung by feature film talent, Broadway talent and other notable performers. 

BroadwayWorld wants to give you a chance to celebrate Sondheim at this special event. CLICK HERE to enter today for a ticket to the concert! The concert is free, but attendees must be confirmed in order to attend. There will be a list at the door and if the name is not on the list, they will not be permitted to enter. 

Expected to attend are: Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy, Lilla CrawfordRufus WainwrightMichael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational VoicesNorm LewisLance Horne, Michael J. Moritz Jr.Christopher SieberConstantine Maroulis, Kristen Olness, Tituss Burgess, Welz Kauffman,Michael-Leon WooleyKaren ZiembaChip ZienMolly Popeand Kristin Olness. Additional appearances will be announced soon.

 

Posted on: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 03:12 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

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