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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/22

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 8/21/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

HAMILTON $2,065,377
THE LION KING $2,048,009
WICKED $1,575,605
ALADDIN $1,561,265
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,258,954


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($300,226), FUN HOME ($374,432), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($470,403), JERSEY BOYS ($478,475), THE HUMANS ($502,873)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

FINDING NEVERLAND $91,708
HAMILTON $20,282
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $6,345
LES MISÉRABLES $4,358
FUN HOME $-4,810


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-204,059), THE LION KING ($-185,885), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-109,515), THE COLOR PURPLE ($-108,762), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ($-106,520)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $192.07
THE LION KING $152.23
THE BOOK OF MORMON $145.19
WICKED $124.78
WAITRESS $116.81


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($73.27), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($73.70), FUN HOME ($74.83), FINDING NEVERLAND ($75.90), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($76.11)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 106.29%
THE LION KING 103.47%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 93.54%
ALADDIN 88.87%
LES MISÉRABLES 88.68%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
SOMETHING ROTTEN! (41.2%), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (41.3%), JERSEY BOYS (41.57%), AN ACT OF GOD (41.68%), ON YOUR FEET! (41.88%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

HAMILTON 101.8%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 101.7%
LES MISÉRABLES 99.6%
THE LION KING 99.2%
ALADDIN 97.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (53.9%), JERSEY BOYS (56.0%), KINKY BOOTS (59.6%), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (61.3%), SOMETHING ROTTEN! (61.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

FINDING NEVERLAND 719
ALADDIN 144
FUN HOME 38
PARAMOUR 16
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME 13


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WICKED (-1177), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-1046), THE COLOR PURPLE (-1035), SCHOOL OF ROCK (-988), THE HUMANS (-987)

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

Posted on: Monday, August 22, 2016 @ 03:28 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Festivals, Fees & Facts

Focusing primarily on the New York International Fringe Festival (but mentioning others as well), aka FringeNYC Howard Sherman has a fascinating new in-depth blog up about the support and fees that festivals charge to their participating shows…and whether or not the festivals should receive a % of future profits.

Check it out, here.

Posted on: Monday, August 22, 2016 @ 11:35 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Must Watch WEST SIDE STORY '2016' Video

Los York, an advertising, digital, social and live experience oriented agency whose mission statement includes creating "Holy Shit!" moments has done just that with WEST SIDE STORY as they've remade an iconic scene that pays tribute to the original while feeling very 2016 as well. Check it out below!

 

Posted on: Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 10:30 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Secrets and Sequins of William Ivey Long

A recommended read for the day is The Many Secrets and Sequins of William Ivey Long, Broadway’s Costume King, a wonderful new Vanity Fair profile (by Amy Fine Collins). Six Tony wins and literally hundreds of shows are only the tip of the iceberg for this unique talent. 

Posted on: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 09:13 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/15

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 8/14/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,233,894
HAMILTON $2,045,095
WICKED $1,779,664
ALADDIN $1,663,119
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,305,962


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($314,205), FUN HOME ($379,242), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($464,058), JERSEY BOYS ($530,413), CHICAGO ($571,623)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

PARAMOUR $87,525
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $58,036
ON YOUR FEET! $46,840
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $38,367
CHICAGO $37,048


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED ($-147,748), ALADDIN ($-127,368), MATILDA ($-60,932), THE LION KING ($-58,534), SCHOOL OF ROCK ($-50,433)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $190.14
THE LION KING $165.66
THE BOOK OF MORMON $149.58
WICKED $128.92
ALADDIN $125.16


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
FINDING NEVERLAND ($71.67), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($72.43), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($75.49), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($75.57), FUN HOME ($76.37)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 105.25%
WICKED 99.99%
WAITRESS 97.12%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 97.03%
THE LION KING 96.92%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (38.16%), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (42.29%), FINDING NEVERLAND (42.61%), ON YOUR FEET! (45.31%), SOMETHING ROTTEN! (45.71%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.4%
HAMILTON 101.8%
LES MISÉRABLES 99.8%
THE LION KING 99.4%
WAITRESS 96.4%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (58.3%), JERSEY BOYS (61.0%), KINKY BOOTS (62.5%), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (63.2%), AN ACT OF GOD (64.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

PARAMOUR 1115
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 599
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 491
CHICAGO 468
AN ACT OF GOD 325


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
WICKED (-1491), ALADDIN (-1185), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (-645), SOMETHING ROTTEN! (-614), THE COLOR PURPLE (-407)

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

Posted on: Monday, August 15, 2016 @ 03:07 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Must Watch CNBC on REBECCA Scandal

Who'd have thought we'd be recommending CNBC for must-see Broadway TV? Not I. 

CNBC's true crime series AMERICAN GREED will examine the controversial journey of the Broadway-bound musical REBECCA. The series focuses on "people who will do anything for money."

In the all-new episode titled 'The Phantom Fraudster of Broadway', premiering August 11th at 10 pm/ET, the show will follow New York stockbroker Mark Hotton, who stole millions from investors and caused the Broadway premiere of REBECCA to implode. Actor Stacy Keach will narrate. Check out clips from the episode below and set your DVRs!








 

 

Posted on: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 @ 03:11 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 8/8

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 8/7/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,292,428
HAMILTON $2,062,862
WICKED $1,927,412
ALADDIN $1,790,487
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,326,562


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($306,023), FUN HOME ($379,924), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($467,506), JERSEY BOYS ($519,934), CHICAGO ($534,575)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

CATS $327,656
ALADDIN $78,940
LES MISÉRABLES $61,606
WICKED $27,670
HAMILTON $20,997


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
THE LION KING ($-262,025), THE BOOK OF MORMON ($-135,969), PARAMOUR ($-71,126), CHICAGO ($-60,338), MATILDA ($-59,769)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $191.79
THE LION KING $169.08
THE BOOK OF MORMON $151.87
WICKED $126.02
ALADDIN $123.71


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($71.47), FINDING NEVERLAND ($72.63), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($73.69), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($73.98), FUN HOME ($76.27)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 106.16%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 98.56%
WAITRESS 97.72%
THE LION KING 96.91%
WICKED 96.26%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
FINDING NEVERLAND (42.06%), ON YOUR FEET! (42.29%), AN ACT OF GOD (42.48%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (42.8%), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (42.99%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.4%
HAMILTON 101.8%
THE LION KING 99.9%
LES MISÉRABLES 98.4%
WAITRESS 97.2%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (56.2%), JERSEY BOYS (60.2%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (63.4%), KINKY BOOTS (63.5%), AN ACT OF GOD (67.4%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

CATS 939
ALADDIN 905
WICKED 811
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 446
LES MISÉRABLES 257


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
THE LION KING (-1606), THE BOOK OF MORMON (-1081), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-618), PARAMOUR (-563), CHICAGO (-509)

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

Posted on: Monday, August 08, 2016 @ 03:14 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

How to Buy Broadway Music?

Buy music? People still do that? Yes, people who want to support the theatre artists who are making albums to get their music heard and to try and make it financially viable to keep making music, still do. 

A Facebook post by talented friend & composer Jonathan Reid Gealt caught my eye a couple of weeks ago, in which he shared detailed data, noting:

- We sold 69 albums.
- We had 30,425 streams.
- Those 69 albums brought in 3 times the amount that 30,425 streams did.
- The streams only paid us $170.08.
- If those 30,425 streams were purchased I would be splitting $197,564.74 between 17 people.
- Instead, I have to now split that $170.08 between 17 different people.

Aside from being impressed with his honesty, and appalled at how little money artists were making off of streaming, my first question is "So, where is the best place to buy music?" If we wanted to support albums like his (chock full of Broadway talent, check them out) - should we go back to buying physical CDs? Was Amazon better? Apple iTunes?

Jonathan answered all those questions and more with equal insight and candor. Check the full piece out here.

Posted on: Saturday, August 06, 2016 @ 11:09 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Hal Prince, HAMILTON & Flip Flops

There's a few givens of articles that I'm always going to read like rumors on new Apple products and anything that Frank Rich writes. Also on that list? Interviews with the legendary Hal Prince. (I'm still dying to see PRINCE OF BROADWAY for those keeping track too). 

This morning, Prince talks to Bloomberg news about the changes in producing over the last several decades (from shows costing $250k -> $10 million), his disappointment of theatre being less of an occasion as he describes a family in t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops that recently sat in front of him, and more. 

Also fun, he talks about how musicals are about ideas, noting re: HAMILTON that "It is the least likely idea for a musical, from Ron Chernow’s book. A lot of the shows I’ve done have been the least likely for a musical, Sweeney ToddWest Side StoryCabaret—it’s about the rise of the National Socialist Party. The big lesson is, don’t underestimate audiences."

Amen, and check it out here

Posted on: Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 10:24 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Barbra Streisand on BUYER & CELLAR

One of the many interesting tidbits in a fascinating new interview with Barbra Streisand (10 day countdown till we see her in Brooklyn in Concert, yay!) with the New York Times' Ben Brantley was the star's first comments on the hilarious Jonathan Tolins comedy - BUYER & CELLAR. 

Ms. Streisand has written a book about the creation of this private Xanadu, “My Passion for Design,” which became the unlikely basis for a play about her, Jonathan Tolin’s “Buyer & Cellar.” No, she hasn’t seen it. One of the first things she says to me, chummily, is “I understand you’ve seen ‘Buyer & Cellar’; well, now you can see the real thing.”

Good news for both Barbra, and the rest of us - it's coming to PBS this fall. The original Off-Broadway production of the critically acclaimed comedy just played Westport Country Playhouse, June 14 - July 3. Michael Urie, who won the Drama Desk, Clarence Derwent, Lucille Lortel, and LA Drama Critics awards for originating the role of Alex More in the show, reprised his performance, which was captured for airing this fall on PBS. 

 

Posted on: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 @ 10:51 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

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