There's no story that we enjoy posting less than an obituary for someone that leaves this world way too soon.
Today was one of those days, when we posted the devasting news about LES MISERABLES cast member Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who died at age 21. By all reports, he was a star on the rise and earlier this month we had the pleasure of covering his debut as the youngest Jean Valjean to appear on Broadway, and as the first African American.
One need only watch the video tribute that we posted as a follow-up to appreciate this unique talent with a soaring and special voice, who was most definitely headed for a long and exciting career.
We here at BroadwayWorld are joining with those on social media who have started the hashtag #Dim4Kyle to encourage Broadway theatres to dim their lights in his honor. It's an honor normally reserved for those with long and publicly visible careers, but if ever there was an exception to be made, we hope that this will be it. Stay tuned.
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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!
ALADDIN set a new house record for a 9-performance week for the week ending Aug 9, grossing $2,078,163.20.
Measured in both attendance and box office, ALADDIN has established itself as the biggest hit in several seasons, welcoming its one-millionth guest last month and setting this 8th house record in its first 18 months.
Its success continues internationally with a production in Tokyo selling out since opening earlier this year and sit-down productions in Hamburg and London opening over the next 12 months.
Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 8/9/2015.
The Skivvies and Tony winner Laura Benanti have joined the good fight against cell phone usage in the theatre with a new song, aptly titled 'Look Up.' Written by Benanti, the number "provides musical advice to audience members tempted to use mobile devices during a performance."
The trio's response to the ever-growing problem comes just a week after Benanti's one-time GYPSY co-star, Patti LuPone, snatched a phone from a texter in the audience during a performance of SHOWS FOR DAYS - which came just a few days after the HAND TO GOD rogue attempted to charge his cell phone on stage.
First the kooky incident went viral of an audience member at HAND TO GOD attempting to charge their cell phone on the stage. Then of course, we got video - because everything gets filmed for YouTube these days, including filming things that aren't supposed to happen when you're also not supposed to be filming them.