Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 12/16/12 & Theatre Quote of the Week

by Michael Dale

 

"An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words."
-- Sanford Meisner

The grosses are out for the week ending 12/16/2012 and we've got them all right here in BroadwayWorld.com's grosses section.

Up for the week was: BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL (11.6%), A CHRISTMAS STORY (3.9%), WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (3.5%), ANNIE (3.3%), WICKED (2.9%), GOLDEN BOY (2.6%), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (2.3%), ELF (2.3%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1.5%), GRACE(0.3%),

Down for the week was: DEAD ACCOUNTS (-15.0%), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (-9.9%), SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK (-9.3%), THE HEIRESS (-9.2%), NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (-8.6%), MAMMA MIA! (-7.4%), THE ANARCHIST (-7.3%), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (-6.4%), CHICAGO (-6.0%), MARY POPPINS (-5.9%), EVITA (-4.4%), JERSEY BOYS (-3.6%), WAR HORSE (-3.0%), CHAPLIN (-2.0%), NEWSIES (-1.5%), ONCE (-1.1%), THE LION KING (-0.9%), ROCK OF AGES (-0.8%),


After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become BroadwayWorld.com's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Shea Stadium pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.