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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/27

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 6/26/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,113,062
HAMILTON $2,007,222
WICKED $1,969,159
ALADDIN $1,671,568
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,371,455


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($306,916), FUN HOME ($384,193), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($392,158), FULLY COMMITTED ($426,533), LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT ($502,602)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE COLOR PURPLE $238,537
THE KING AND I $164,236
MATILDA $159,439
BRIGHT STAR $158,776
WICKED $150,787


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT ($-158,744), AN ACT OF GOD ($-21,229), HAMILTON ($-19,616), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($-16,828), ON YOUR FEET! ($-4,320)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $187.03
THE BOOK OF MORMON $156.92
THE LION KING $155.72
WICKED $134.61
WAITRESS $130.40


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($72.54), FUN HOME ($73.46), FINDING NEVERLAND ($77.41), FULLY COMMITTED ($79.27), THE CRUCIBLE ($82.08)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WICKED 110.64%
WAITRESS 107.9%
HAMILTON 103.3%
THE LION KING 100.31%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 99.62%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (42.6%), FINDING NEVERLAND (44.82%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (45.74%), FUN HOME (48.33%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (50.72%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
HAMILTON 101.6%
WAITRESS 100.9%
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 100.7%
THE LION KING 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (63.2%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (64.3%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (66.4%), JERSEY BOYS (68.2%), AN ACT OF GOD (68.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE COLOR PURPLE 1750
BRIGHT STAR 1247
LES MISÉRABLES 964
THE KING AND I 952
MATILDA 947


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SHE LOVES ME (-296), SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT (-243), AN ACT OF GOD (-229), THE CRUCIBLE (-102), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (-85)

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

Posted on: Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 03:09 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

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Posted on: Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 11:50 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Meat Loaf Sings DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES

Here's a fun one for today. Rocker Meat Loaf has a new album due out in September, featuring 10 songs written by longtime BAT OUT OF HELL collaborator Jim Steinman. Steinman of course is also a theatrical animal, who got his start under Joe Papp at the Public Theatre and wrote the lyrics for WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, as well as creating DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES (and it's theatrical cousin TANZ DER  VAMPIRE) amongst many others. 

On the new Meat Loaf album, and featuring Karla DeVito (THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE on Broadway) and Ellen Foley (HAIR and INTO THE WOODS) is a track now called 'Going All the Way'. 

Theatre fans will recognize multiple parts of the tune from DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and it's German-incarnation... 

Bonus fun fact, Steinman shared on Facebook last week re: his long-percolating BAT OUT OF HELL stage musical that "Next spring, my musical BOOH debuts at the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, CONVENT GARDEN IN LONDON, where it belongs, with Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini!! I'm very grateful for that!!!!!!!! SEE IT--IF WE DON'T F*CK UP, YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!!!!"

Posted on: Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 12:46 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

2016-17 Tony Nominating Committee

We're always asked by readers around awards season time about WHO is behind the Tony nominations. Well, here is the list for next (omg, this!) Season. 

The Nominating Committee attends all productions during the Broadway season and meets on the date designated by the Administration Committee to determine, by vote, the Tony Award nominees for that season. The committee of Tony Nominators will include 51 members for the 2016-2017 season. Members of the committee serve a three-year term.

The 2016-2017 Nominating Committee includes:

Adrian Bailey - Actor
Victoria Bailey - Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund
Luis Castro - Media and Entertainment Executive/Producer**
Hope Clarke - Choreographer
- Paul Cremo - Dramaturg/Director of Opera Commissioning Program, The Metropolitan Opera
- Patricia Cruz - Executive Director, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.**
Trip Cullman - Director
Edgar Dobie - Executive Producer, Arena Stage - Washington, DC**
Scott Elliott - Director/Artistic Director, The New Group**
Harvey Evans - Actor
Sean Patrick Flahaven - Writer/ Composer/Orchestrator/ Conductor/Producer
Paul Gallo - Lighting Designer
Jenny Gersten - Former Executive Director, Friends of the High Line
Daniel Goldfarb - Playwright, Bookwriter
Sam Gonzalez - Dir. of Operations, Pfizer Medical/Board of Trustees, Playwrights Horizons
Adam Gwon - Composer/Lyricist
Roy Harris - Production Stage Manager
Peter Hedges - Writer**
Jack Hofsiss - Theatre, Film, Television Director
Mara Isaacs - Founder and Director, Octopus Theatricals, LLC**
Lou Jacob - Director at the New School for Drama
Anne Keefe - Associate Artist, Westport Country Playhouse**
Tom Kitt - Composer, Lyricist, Bookwriter
Fran Kumin - Consultant, Perf. Arts Organizations/Foundations/University Theatre
Programs
Michael John LaChiusa - Composer, Lyricist, Librettist**
Kate Levin - Cultural Assets Management Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Reynold Levy - Former President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Patricia Marx - American Humorist and Writer, Former Television Writer
Jim McLaughlin - Former Producer, CBS News/TV Feature and Documentary Producer
Tony Meola - Sound Designer**
Jessica Molaskey - Actor**
Debra Monk - Actor
Roger Morgan - Lighting Designer, Theatre Designer
- Laurence O'Keefe - Composer
Katherine Oliver - Media and Technology Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Christian Parker - Chair, Graduate Theatre Program, Columbia University
Paige Price - Actor/1st Vice President of AEA/Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Aspen
- Ravi S. Rajan - Dean, School of the Arts - SUNY Purchase
Paul Rudnick - Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist**
Susan H. Schulman - Director/President, Stage Directors and Choreographers
- Mikki Shepard - Executive Producer, The Apollo Theatre**
Warner Shook - Director
Ellen Sorrin - Director, The George Balanchine Trust**
Jessica Stone - Actor/ Director**
Edward Strong - Producer
Wynn Thomas - Production Designer
Jose Antonio Vargas - Journalist/Filmmaker/Founder of Define American **
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser - Costume Designer
Tom Watson - Retired Executive, Television Advertising
Preston Whiteway - Executive Director, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Evan Yionoulis - Director**

Posted on: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 03:28 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Alexandra Silber Live at Birdland (and BWW!)

Thanks to great work by BWW's social media team and most importantly by Birdland's Jim Caruso, our Facebook fans have been getting some exclusive looks at some of Broadway and cabaret's hottest talents, before and during their time on the legendary stage. 

Here, from last night is a look at the lovely Alexandra Silber (currently starring in FIDDLER). Enjoy! And of course to follow BWW on Facebook, click here!

 

Posted on: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 10:16 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/20

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 6/19/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,106,410
HAMILTON $2,026,838
WICKED $1,818,372
ALADDIN $1,586,333
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,371,176


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
FUN HOME ($313,556), AN ACT OF GOD ($328,145), THE FATHER ($364,765), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($393,373), FULLY COMMITTED ($417,308)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF $117,877
ECLIPSED $93,961
THE KING AND I $92,239
SCHOOL OF ROCK $88,619
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT $82,603


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
PARAMOUR ($-122,571), THE COLOR PURPLE ($-111,815), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($-103,722), FINDING NEVERLAND ($-96,941), MATILDA ($-80,193)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $188.51
THE BOOK OF MORMON $156.72
THE LION KING $155.21
WICKED $129.75
WAITRESS $129.03


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
FUN HOME ($66.56), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($72.79), FINDING NEVERLAND ($75.24), THE FATHER ($77.48), BRIGHT STAR ($77.64)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 122.44%
WAITRESS 106.4%
WICKED 102.16%
THE LION KING 99.99%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 99.6%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
FUN HOME (39.45%), AN ACT OF GOD (39.86%), FINDING NEVERLAND (40.09%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (45.88%), JERSEY BOYS (46.4%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.6%
HAMILTON 101.7%
WAITRESS 100.6%
THE LION KING 100.0%
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 99.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (59.4%), JERSEY BOYS (60.7%), KINKY BOOTS (61.0%), ON YOUR FEET! (63.2%), AN ACT OF GOD (64.0%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1126
THE FATHER 738
SHE LOVES ME 709
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 700
THE KING AND I 672


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
FINDING NEVERLAND (-1619), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (-1280), PARAMOUR (-1028), THE COLOR PURPLE (-883), MATILDA (-700)

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

Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2016 @ 03:18 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

BC/EFA Donates $150,000 to Help Victims of Orlando Shooting

BC/EFA Donates $150,000 to Help Victims of Orlando Shooting

 

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that $150,000 will be donated on behalf of the Broadway community and all Broadway Cares supporters to three service organizations in central Florida committed to reaching out and providing emergency assistance to the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, and their families and friends.

"Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has moved quickly and responsibly on behalf of the New York theatre community to assist those affected by extraordinary, traumatic events," Executive Director Tom Viola said. "We stand with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community in Orlando and indeed with all who suffer from the violence that comes with inflamed rhetoric, toxic misconceptions of each other and subtle promotion of hatred. Let us respond with love and real resources."

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS this week will award emergency grants of $50,000 each to Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida in Orlando and the OneOrlando Fund.

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Working with the city of Orlando, local partners and the National Center for Victims of Crime, Equality Florida will manage and distribute funds being raised through its Pulse Victims Fund campaign on GoFundMe.com, which already has raised $4.7 million.

These funds will address the medical costs, emergency expenses and funeral arrangements of the victims and their families, coordinating immediate emergency assistance with long-term crisis management and support. Since all funds raised by this specific GoFundMe page have been pledged to go directly to those most affected by this horrific incident, BC/EFA's donation will support Equality Florida's administrative costs to ensure that these funds are distributed efficiently, responsibly and with careful oversight.

"We are determined at Equality Florida to take care of our LGBT loved ones, families and community," Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith said. "The responsibility to be an effective and efficient central processing center for all of the many pieces involved with responding to the aftermath of such a tragedy has created a considerable strain on our infrastructure and entire support team. This kind and extraordinary donation from Broadway Cares and the Broadway community, specifically for administrative expenses, allows us to do our best to provide the support created from thousands of individual donations on GoFundMe that our LGBT family so desperately needs now and in the weeks and months ahead."

The GLBT Center of Central Florida is organizing and offering a range of frontline, on-the-ground services to families, friends and others most affected by the shootings, including crisis counseling and an emergency hotline.

"We are so grateful to our friends in the Broadway community and at Broadway Cares for this donation," said GLBT Center Executive Director Terry De Carlo. "We have been running 24 hours a day since Sunday to make sure the families of the victims of this senseless crime are taken care of. From housing, meals and clothing, to flights to get family members here and caskets shipped home, these families have been devastated and face terrific challenges on top of shock and great sorrow. This grant is a blessing and allows us to respond to them now and for weeks to come. The Broadway community will be forever in our hearts."

The OneOrlando Fund was set up by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city of Orlando this week specifically to respond to short-term and long-term needs, supporting and starting projects to strengthen the entire Orlando community. The fund will help nonprofits that are supporting victims and families; support the LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities; and address the underlying causes of this tragic event.

"Broadway Cares has carefully vetted the three organizations receiving these emergency funds," Viola said. "Too often after such tragedies, well-intentioned people and those with more nefarious motives rush to solicit donations without the infrastructure, ability or genuine intent to reach those who need it most. By partnering with these credible, established entities within the Orlando community, we can be confident that funds raised by the Broadway community will deliver meaningful, immediate and long-lasting help. Please be cautious in responding to online solicitations."

These emergency grants are in addition to $218,500 provided in 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS through its annual National Grants Program to 23 HIV/AIDS and family service organizations across Florida.

 

Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 03:53 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

CATS Broadway Wins Tony Night on Social

The BroadwayWorld team was fast and furious with our unmatched live coverage throughout the night from every possible angle that we could think of (and then some!) .... both on BroadwayWorld and on all the social media and other platforms. 

But, there was one thing that we didn't think of, and that was animated CATS GIFs. Thankfully, the social media team for the upcoming Broadway revival of CATS was on the case and following them brought many laughs. Some highlights, below and check 'em all out at https://twitter.com/CatsBroadway













Posted on: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 @ 10:58 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/13

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 6/12/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,071,899
HAMILTON $2,028,208
WICKED $1,859,038
ALADDIN $1,581,642
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,343,083


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($256,649), THE FATHER ($298,505), FUN HOME ($331,268), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($360,867), FULLY COMMITTED ($370,369)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

WICKED $174,221
HAMILTON $173,219
BLACKBIRD $139,110
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $119,097
THE KING AND I $101,035


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($-36,563), SHE LOVES ME ($-26,462), LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT ($-24,270), FUN HOME ($-10,875), THE CRUCIBLE ($11,358)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $188.60
THE BOOK OF MORMON $153.99
THE LION KING $152.66
WICKED $128.12
SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT $127.17


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
AN ACT OF GOD ($69.36), FINDING NEVERLAND ($72.62), FUN HOME ($73.39), FULLY COMMITTED ($73.94), ECLIPSED ($74.10)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 151.93%
WICKED 104.45%
WAITRESS 103.82%
THE LION KING 101.15%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 97.56%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (38.08%), FUN HOME (41.68%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (42.09%), THE FATHER (42.12%), FINDING NEVERLAND (46.66%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.3%
HAMILTON 101.8%
WAITRESS 100.9%
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 100.2%
THE LION KING 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (59.5%), JERSEY BOYS (62.4%), KINKY BOOTS (63.1%), SOMETHING ROTTEN! (66.7%), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (67.5%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

BLACKBIRD 1695
FINDING NEVERLAND 1325
WICKED 1240
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 1225
ON YOUR FEET! 1100


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
AN ACT OF GOD (-899), PARAMOUR (-721), SHE LOVES ME (-718), LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (-555), SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT (-116)

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

Posted on: Monday, June 13, 2016 @ 03:14 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

2016 Tony Night Guide

2016 Tony Night Guide

The 2016 Tony Awards will air on CBS tomorrow, June 12 at 8pm and as usual, BroadwayWorld.com will be your one-stop shop for all things Tonys on Tonys Day, Night and Beyond starting early Sunday morning!

Sunday Morning: Follow our LIVE coverage starting from Tonys rehearsals starting at approximately 9am. Want to know who's performing what, what order to expect the awards in and other tidbits? Spoil yourself! Plus follow along as Fiddler on the Roof's Jessica Vosk takes over BroadwayWorld's Instagram with updates the entire day!

Sunday, 5:00 PM: BroadwayWorld.com's live coverage will begin with red carpet photos from the one and only Walter McBride. PLUS you can watch the entire red carpet -- right here!

Sunday, 7:00 PM: The ceremony officially begins. Unless you're one of the lucky few at the Beacon Theatre, we're the only place that you'll get direct live updates of who is winning all of the pre-telecast Creative Arts Tony Awards!

Sunday, 8:00 PM: Our full team kicks into gear to bring you complete coverage. This year we'll be bringing you our Tonys Live Blog, featuring updates from Michael Dale backstage, Richard Ridge live with the winners and the full BroadwayWorld team.

We'll also be bringing you live coverage of who's winning, transcriptions of their thank you speeches, live photos from the best photo team in the business, videos of the winners after they come offstage, special surprises, fashion and more! Plus, join in on the fun by playing our TonyAwards Drinking Game (if you're 21 or older)!

Social: If you're not already following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine and Snapchat (bwayworld), do so for even more exclusive content! Plus, find out what your favorite stars are up to with our Tonys Live Blog! Don't forget to tweet us pics of your Tony Awards party using #BWWTonys. Find out what all of your fellow Broadway fans have to say about the ceremony right here on our message boards!

Plus- BroadwayWorld will also be taking over Twitter for CBS This Morning with additional behind-the-scenes coverage, winners, fun and analysis. Follow along at @CBSThisMorning and @CBSNews for even more Tonys, Tonys, Tonys!

Beyond...: Keep checking BroadwayWorld.com on Tonys night well into the early morning hours, and in the days ahead for EVERYTHING Tonys including red carpet interviews from Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow), Richard Ridge's (@Richard Ridge) exclusive interviews with the winners and so much more!

Until then, check out our Predictions Roundup to find out who has the best chance of taking home a trophy on Sunday night.

Posted on: Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 08:28 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

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