Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 2/3/13 & Theatre Quote of the Week

by Michael Dale

"I have only one bit of advice to beginning writers: be sure your novel is read by Rodgers and Hammerstein."
-- James A. Michener

The grosses are out for the week ending 2/3/2013 and we've got them all right here in's grosses section.

Up for the week was: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (4.1%), MARY POPPINS (3.2%), THE HEIRESS (3.2%), ONCE (1.7%), PICNIC(1.6%),

Down for the week was: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (-17.1%), ANNIE (-13.4%), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (-8.2%), ROCK OF AGES (-6.6%), CHICAGO (-3.8%), THE LION KING (-3.5%), NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (-3.2%), JERSEY BOYS (-2.9%), WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (-2.9%), MAMMA MIA! (-2.5%), CINDERELLA (-2.2%), SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK (-1.5%), NEWSIES (-1.3%), WICKED (-0.6%), THE OTHER PLACE (-0.4%),

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'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.