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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Broadway Box Office 2014-2015: 1st Quarter

OK, Broadway fans! Summer is (semi) officially over, and it is time to get back to some serious theatre blogging!  First up: some business to blog about.

Can you believe that we are now in the second week of the second quarter of the 2014-2015 Broadway season??!!  In that time, 37 shows played the Great White Way, including 2 shows that began in this new season (Holler If You Hear Me and This Is Our Youth) and 13 shows that are hold overs from prior to the 2013-2014 season.

It is getting harder to maintain the mindset that movie star vehicle plays, jukebox musicals and movies-to-musicals are a sure thing.  For every A Raisin in the Sun, All the Way and Of Mice and Men, there's a The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Realistic Jonses.  For every Beautiful there's an After Midnight.  And for every Aladdin there's a Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky. For the most part, the things is true that is always true: high quality shows and crowd-pleasers last the longest and strongest. (The Book of Mormon remains king, while The Lion King, Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia! all stayed in the top 20 of shows.

Here's how the first quarter worked out by the numbers, after ranking each show by their average weekly attendance, average weekly paid admission (paid ticket price), and average weekly gross potential percentage. (For a more detailed explanation and the numbers from last season, click the BOX OFFICE tab at the top of the blog!)

#1 (Again)
The Book of Mormon

#4 and #8
Beautiful and Aladdin

THE BROADWAY BOX OFFICE RANKINGS 
1ST QUARTER (05.26.14 - 08.24.14)
SHOW
ATTENDANCE
AVERAGE
RANK
ADMISSION
AVERAGE
RANK
GROSS POTENTIAL
AVERAGE
RANK
1ST QUARTER RANK
The Book of Mormon
102.58%
1
 $  185.00
1
116.38%
2
1
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
101.15%
2
 $  144.13
5
124.01%
1
2
A Raisin in the Sun*
100.00%
5
 $  147.49
4
112.90%
4
3
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
100.29%
4
 $  150.71
3
97.85%
7
4
A Gentleman's Guide…
100.32%
3
 $  120.56
8
98.36%
6
5
The Lion King
99.65%
7
 $  156.16
2
97.57%
8
6
Wicked
98.37%
9
 $  129.54
6
115.92%
3
7
Aladdin
99.99%
6
 $  105.47
12
101.54%
5
8
Kinky Boots
95.54%
12
 $  118.92
9
87.33%
11
9
Of Mice and Men*
96.72%
10
 $  102.31
13
90.20%
9
10
Matilda had the 8th highest average attendance (98.97%).
Cabaret had the 10th highest average paid ticket ($115.20).
All the Way* had the 8th highest average paid ticket ($126.73) and the 10th highest gross potential average (89.63%).

#18 and #19
The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia!

#37
Holler If Ya Hear Me


SHOW TITLE
1ST
QUARTER
RANK
SHOW TITLE
1ST
QUARTER
RANK
Matilda
11
The Realistic Joneses*
25
All the Way*
12
The Cripple of Inishmaan*
26
Cabaret
13
Chicago
27
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
14
This Is Our Youth#
28
Les Miserables
15
Rocky: The Musical*
29
Newsies*
16
Violet*
30
Jersey Boys
17
Cinderella
31
The Phantom of the Opera
18
Once
32
Mamma Mia!
19
Bullets Over Broadway*
33
Motown
20
Casa Valentina*
34
If/Then
21
Act One*
35
Pippin
22
Mothers and Sons*
36
Rock of Ages
23
Holler If Ya Hear Me#*
37
After Midnight*


24
* - SHOW CLOSED DURING 1ST QUARTER
# - SHOW OPENED DURING 1ST QUARTER


This Is Our Youth# began previews, but did not officially open in the 1st Quarter.

(Artwork by Squigs)

Jeff
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Broadway Ladies: Ms. August 2014: Carole Shelley

Ms. August 2014
Carole Shelley


WHY SHE'S MS. BROADWAY: In a way, it is fitting that I am announcing this month's Ms. Broadway honoree on a "Throwback Thursday," considering what an amazing early career she had.  She made her debut in the original Broadway cast of the now classic Neil Simon comedy The Odd Couple. Along the way in her almost 50 year career on the boards on New York, she's done comedy, drama, classic and modern, play and musical.  She has amassed five Tony Award nominations, winning one for her work in the original cast of The Elephant Man. Of course, today's audiences know her from her last three roles: Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (she's one of the best I've ever seen), as the very first Madame Morrible in Wicked, and as Grandma in Billy Elliot.  And with yesterday's announcement that Carole Shelley will be joining the A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder company - her 20th Broadway show, I can't really call her a "throwback" can I? She's timeless.

CANDIDS AND HEAD SHOTS:



BROADWAY: The Odd Couple, The Elephant Man, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Cabaret, Wicked, Billy Elliot














Jeff
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Broadway Boys: Mr. August 2014: Norm Lewis

Mr. August 2014
Norm Lewis

WHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: There sure has been a lot of press lately about the impending cast changes over at Cinderella.  And a few months ago, there was quite the ballyhoo over Norm Lewis becoming Broadway's first African-American Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.  Anyone who is a Broadway fan - a Norm Lewis fan - probably wasn't surprised that he handled that spotlight with grace and dignity.  Grace and dignity are the hallmarks of both the actor and the man.  Of course, those of us who have been following his career since his Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy know that he has been blazing the non-traditional casting trail long before he donned the mask.  He's famously played Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, Billy Flynn in Chicago, King Triton in The Little Mermaid on the Main Stem, as well as Bobby in Company and Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, regionally.  Other roles of his that fans have loved - flop or it - include Jake in Side Show, roles in Sondheim on Sondheim, The Wild Party, Amour, and his Tony-nominated turn in Porgy and Bess. You may call him a trailblazer or just a hard working artist.  Is it any wonder that he's Mr. Broadway?

HEAD SHOTS AND CANDIDS:





REGIONAL WORK: Baby, Company, Sweeney Todd





OFF-BROADWAY: Della Rose, BROADWAY BARES:



BROADWAY: The Who's Tommy, Side Show, The Little Mermaid, Sondheim on Sondheim, Les Miserables (London, too)Porgy and Bess, The Phantom of the Opera

(At the 15th Anniversary Concert for Tommy
"Jake and the Twins" backstage at Next to Normal)











Jeff
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