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Broadway's With Hillary

Look for a bevy of Broadway stars appearing at the Democratic National Convention today. We're still awaiting word on exactly what, and when they'll be performing but we're hearing it could be in the 8pm hour tonight. Stay tuned for more information (and of course full coverage before, during and after) right here on BWW. 

In the meantime, a great video was released last night of 'Fight Song' featuring a slew of Broadway favorites like Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Billy Porter, Ellen Greene, Ben Platt, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and more. Check it out below!

The official list of performers in the video follows: Aisha TylerAlan CummingAmerica FerreraBen PlattBilly Porter,Chrissie FitConnie BrittonElizabeth BanksEllen Greene, Esther Dean, Eva LongoriaGarrett ClaytonHana Mae Lee, Ian Somerholder, Idina MenzelJaime KingJane FondaJesse Tyler Ferguson, John Michael Higgens, Josh LucasJulie BowenKathy Najimy, Kelly Jackle, Kristin ChenowethMAndy MooreMary McCormackMary-Louise Parker, Mike Thompkins, Nikki Read, Rachel Platten, Renee FlemingRob ReinerShelley Regner, Sia and TR Knight.

 

 

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 10:53 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

WICKED Goes 360

Want to see what it's like at the curtain call of Broadway's WICKED from both the stage and the audience? make sure to check out the show's cool use of Facebook 360 embedded below. 

 

Posted on: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 07:50 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/25

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/24/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,310,911
HAMILTON $2,046,711
WICKED $1,896,987
ALADDIN $1,737,722
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,347,238


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($285,827), FUN HOME ($368,325), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($433,660), FULLY COMMITTED ($471,574), MOTOWN THE MUSICAL ($484,334)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

CATS $250,080
WICKED $116,490
PARAMOUR $82,773
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $60,136
FULLY COMMITTED $55,807


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
HAMILTON ($-235,496), THE LION KING ($-203,073), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-139,564), SOMETHING ROTTEN! ($-79,026), AN ACT OF GOD ($-51,730)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $190.32
THE LION KING $171.78
THE BOOK OF MORMON $154.09
WICKED $130.03
WAITRESS $128.63


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($71.68), FINDING NEVERLAND ($73.20), MOTOWN THE MUSICAL ($73.24), FUN HOME ($75.68), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($75.90)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WICKED 106.58%
HAMILTON 105.33%
WAITRESS 105.12%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 100.1%
THE LION KING 96.99%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (39.68%), MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (41.8%), FINDING NEVERLAND (43.29%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (43.74%), JERSEY BOYS (45.31%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
HAMILTON 101.8%
SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT 101.2%
WAITRESS 99.7%
THE HUMANS 99.4%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (62.3%), KINKY BOOTS (62.8%), ON YOUR FEET! (63.5%), JERSEY BOYS (65.0%), AN ACT OF GOD (68.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

CATS 2776
WICKED 620
PARAMOUR 593
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME 557
FULLY COMMITTED 529


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE LION KING (-1528), HAMILTON (-1299), THE BOOK OF MORMON (-1050), SOMETHING ROTTEN! (-667), ON YOUR FEET! (-645)

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

Posted on: Monday, July 25, 2016 @ 04:28 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/18

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/17/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,513,984
HAMILTON $2,282,207
WICKED $1,780,497
ALADDIN $1,683,488
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,486,802


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($337,557), FUN HOME ($366,852), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($393,715), FULLY COMMITTED ($415,767), JERSEY BOYS ($542,904)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $258,412
HAMILTON $228,944
THE BOOK OF MORMON $164,092
ON YOUR FEET! $118,052
SOMETHING ROTTEN! $104,919


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($-18,269), MATILDA ($762), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($8,318), KINKY BOOTS ($11,555), THE HUMANS ($17,468)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $189.35
THE LION KING $167.81
THE BOOK OF MORMON $151.82
WAITRESS $127.80
WICKED $127.46


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($71.68), FINDING NEVERLAND ($74.45), FUN HOME ($75.05), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($75.58), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($75.94)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WAITRESS 104.8%
HAMILTON 104.4%
WICKED 100.04%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 98.19%
THE HUMANS 95.07%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (41.0%), FINDING NEVERLAND (41.81%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (45.11%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (45.92%), FUN HOME (46.15%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.1%
HAMILTON 101.4%
WAITRESS 100.0%
THE HUMANS 99.4%
SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT 99.1%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
KINKY BOOTS (64.7%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (65.1%), JERSEY BOYS (65.7%), PARAMOUR (66.5%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (67.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

ON YOUR FEET! 2040
SOMETHING ROTTEN! 1844
THE LION KING 1796
HAMILTON 1300
THE BOOK OF MORMON 1055


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (-14),

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

Posted on: Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 05:41 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/11

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/10/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,255,572
HAMILTON $2,053,263
WICKED $1,758,107
ALADDIN $1,591,362
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,322,710


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($284,709), FUN HOME ($320,261), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($369,489), FULLY COMMITTED ($395,188), JERSEY BOYS ($489,255)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $91,274
SHE LOVES ME $88,027
HAMILTON $30,473
ALADDIN $26,434
THE CRUCIBLE $3,169


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
PARAMOUR ($-141,160), CHICAGO ($-123,507), WICKED ($-105,014), FINDING NEVERLAND ($-99,472), BEAUTIFUL ($-96,449)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $190.95
THE LION KING $171.07
THE BOOK OF MORMON $151.37
WICKED $132.60
ALADDIN $121.34


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
FUN HOME ($70.89), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($72.72), FINDING NEVERLAND ($74.25), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($75.16), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($77.36)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 105.67%
WICKED 98.78%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 98.27%
THE LION KING 95.24%
WAITRESS 95.12%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
FINDING NEVERLAND (38.18%), AN ACT OF GOD (39.52%), FUN HOME (40.29%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (42.04%), JERSEY BOYS (42.5%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
HAMILTON 101.8%
THE HUMANS 99.0%
SHE LOVES ME 98.5%
THE LION KING 97.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (52.8%), JERSEY BOYS (58.4%), PARAMOUR (60.5%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (61.3%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (62.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

SHE LOVES ME 611
THE HUMANS 78
HAMILTON 14
SCHOOL OF ROCK 6


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
PARAMOUR (-2572), FINDING NEVERLAND (-1761), CHICAGO (-1364), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (-1253), FUN HOME (-1090)

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

Posted on: Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 03:41 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Must-Watch John McMartin FOLLIES Tribute

It's been a depressing week overall, and I think we're going on a 'regular news' blackout for the weekend here. Amongst this week's sad theatre news was was word that, award-winning Broadway actor John McMartin had passed away at the age of 86.

On YouTube, 1971FolliesFan has put up a beautiful and heartbreaking tribute to the legend of the stage, featuring him performing "The Road You Didn't Take" 39 years apart: in 1971, during the original production of FOLLIES and during SONDHEIM! THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT in 2010. It's simply put a must watch. 

The actor made his Broadway debut as Forrest Noble in THE CONQUERING HERO in 1961, followed by BLOOD, SWEAT AND STANLEY POOLE that same year. He created the role of Oscar in SWEET CHARITY in 1966, opposite Gwen Verdon, garnering a Tony nomination, and played the role again in the 1969 film opposite Shirley MacLaine. He later starred in the original Broadway production of Sondheim's FOLLIES in 1971 as Benjamin Stone. His association with Sondheim continued, appearing in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC as Frederick at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, in 1991, and the Broadway revival of INTO THE WOODS in 2002, in the dual role of the Narrator/Mysterious Man. McMartin most recently appeared on Broadway in 2014's ALL THE WAY and the 2011 revival of ANYTHING GOES.

 

Posted on: Friday, July 08, 2016 @ 02:04 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 7/5

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 7/3/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,164,298
HAMILTON $2,022,790
WICKED $1,863,121
ALADDIN $1,564,928
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,324,390


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($348,283), FUN HOME ($375,628), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($428,289), FULLY COMMITTED ($430,791), THE CRUCIBLE ($507,081)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE LION KING $51,236
CHICAGO $50,512
AN ACT OF GOD $41,367
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $36,131
LES MISÉRABLES $17,116


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
BEAUTIFUL ($-117,427), ALADDIN ($-106,640), WICKED ($-106,038), WAITRESS ($-89,110), ON YOUR FEET! ($-77,160)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $188.36
THE LION KING $159.46
THE BOOK OF MORMON $151.50
WICKED $134.29
WAITRESS $121.45


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
FUN HOME ($66.98), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($67.62), FINDING NEVERLAND ($70.91), FULLY COMMITTED ($75.01), THE CRUCIBLE ($75.76)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WICKED 104.68%
HAMILTON 104.1%
THE LION KING 101.1%
WAITRESS 99.16%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 98.4%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (42.3%), FINDING NEVERLAND (44.92%), JERSEY BOYS (46.96%), FUN HOME (47.26%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (47.58%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
HAMILTON 101.6%
THE LION KING 100.0%
WAITRESS 99.6%
ALADDIN 99.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (58.3%), JERSEY BOYS (65.1%), KINKY BOOTS (67.1%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (68.1%), AN ACT OF GOD (72.9%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

PARAMOUR 992
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME 928
FINDING NEVERLAND 805
AN ACT OF GOD 769
CHICAGO 649


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WICKED (-755), ON YOUR FEET! (-644), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-460), BEAUTIFUL (-384), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-328)

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

Posted on: Tuesday, July 05, 2016 @ 03:26 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

SHE LOVES ME Tonight. At Eight!

Well, actually 7:50 which is when the pre-show begins. I couldn't be any more excited for tonight's live stream of SHE LOVES ME. I found it to be a perfect production of a gem of a musical, and I think that we're all lucky that it's being captured before its closing. Also, extending the audience and viewership (and magic!) of live theatre into people's living rooms, using the latest in technologies -- count me in! 

You can read an interview I did with Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the co-founders and dynamic duo behind Broadway HD and tonight's broadcast right here

Visit broadwayhd.com/shelovesme to reserve a live stream pass to "She Loves Me" on June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT for $9.99. "She Loves Me" is free with all annual subscriptions to BroadwayHD's on-demand library. BroadwayHD annual subscribers in the United States can watch the "She Loves Me" live stream on BroadwayHD's Roku and Apple TV apps.

I'll be watching from here (complete with vanilla ice cream of course), and can't wait! 

 

Posted on: Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 09:49 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Important Read - Angels in America: The Complete Oral History

It’s a near-guarantee that if you put ‘Complete Oral History’ in an article or book title that I’ll read it. This morning was no-different when Angels in America: The Complete Oral History scrolled into my feed, via Slate. 

The piece marks the 25th Anniversary of the show, which premiered in San Francisco and has made its way through multiple great revivals, and a wonderful HBO adaptation. Going back to the beginning, they talk to nearly everyone and anyone to talk about how the production was shaped and changed the theatre world. Simply put, it’s a must-read.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 11:04 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

4th of July Discounts

It's always a good time to see a Broadway show, but on this holiday weekend many shows are offering 40% off tickets including Chicago, The Crucible, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fun Home, Kinky Boots, She Loves Me, and Something Rotten!. A full description of these shows and a schedule of performances with the special $40 tickets can be found below. For more information: visit StarSpangledBroadway.com.

Chicago
After 20 years in the spotlight, CHICAGO is the longest-running American musical on Broadway. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, this electrifying tale of greed, murder and show biz has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide. Filled with hit songs like "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle" and featuring sizzling dance in the style of Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is simply "the best musical in town!" (The New York Times).

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2:30 PM, and 7/3 at 2:30 PM

The Crucible
Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE has returned to Broadway in a new production by the acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raves, "you must - and I mean it, you must - catch the play that transforms a fraught slice of American history into a pulsing, present-tense event. The Devil has returned to Broadway, with the power to make the strong tremble." Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, The Crucible is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama.

Performances: 6/29 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 6/30 at 7 PM, 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM, and 7/5 at 7 PM.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is in its final weeks! Two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this "dazzling, pulse-pounding and remarkable" (Time Out New York) adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens that brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life.

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM , 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM

Fully Committed
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a "comic dynamo" (The New York Times) in FULLY COMMITTED, the "sublimely funny" (The Washington Post) Broadway comedy that takes a sharp skewer to the backside of the restaurant biz. Ferguson plays all 40 characters in this side-splitting tour-de-force directed by Tony winner Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q). It's "nonstop laughter" (The Wall Street Journal), but it's only on Broadway through July 31. Get a table while you still can!

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3PM

Fun Home
This summer is your last chance to experience Broadway's Tony Award-winning true story. FUN HOME is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, this groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" (Newsday).

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM

Kinky Boots
KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London's Olivier Award. This dazzling sensation tells the story of the unexpected friendship between a factory owner and a fabulous entertainer. Featuring 16 original songs by CYNDI LAUPER, KINKY BOOTS celebrates the best in all of us - the challenges that shape our journey, the joys that keep us going and the shoes that lift us up along the way!

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM

She Loves Me
It's your last chance to see the "show of the season!" (New York Observer). Based on the same story that inspired You've Got Mail, SHE LOVES ME has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "the most romantic of all Broadway musicals." Winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical Revival, this universally acclaimed production stars Tony winner Laura Benanti, Tony nominee Zachary Levi, and Tony winner Jane Krakowski.

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 2 PM

Something Rotten!
From the director of ALADDIN and the co-director of THE BOOK OF MORMON comes SOMETHING ROTTEN!, the hilarious smash that tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world's first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... it's SOMETHING ROTTEN! 

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM

Posted on: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 02:24 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

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