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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Broadway Box Office: Week 8: 07.16 - 07.22.12

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THIS WEEK YOUR VOTE WILL DETERMINE 
THE 2 FINALISTS IN OUR SEARCH 
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Broadway Box Office
Week #8 of the 2012 - 2013 Season
July 16 - 22; 28 Productions




It is interesting to watch the top 8 shows jockey for position each week - especially the mystifying continued appeal of Rock of Ages.  Usually the determining factor of where they end up has to do the minuscule (relatively) ups and downs of B.O. take.  This week, it was a little more exciting to contemplate since for the first time in weeks, The Book of Mormon did NOT have the highest attendance; that honor went to Harvey, which help propel it into the top 10.  But being that it is a subscription/non-profit situation, Harvey had a considerably lower average ticket price, which will likely keep it from ever going much higher in the countdown.  The big gainers of the week were The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! (both big with summer tourists) and the farewell week of Angela Lansbury, who left Gore Vidal's The Best Man.  The final week of A Streetcar Named Desire closed on an up note, gaining 5 spots on the chart.  The biggest losers of the week were Bring It On: The Musical which had excellent attendance, but suffered from a very low average ticket price.  But consider that the show already has a low top ticket at $75.00, and that many are being comped for reviewers and other press.  It is too early to fear the Leap of Faith syndrome!  The other big droppers were perennial re-bounder Chicago and Tony winner Clybourne Park, which appears to be running out of steam and fast.  The bottom 3 shows, Ghost: The Musical, Fela! and End of the Rainbow remain unchanged.

To see how this chart is calculated, click the "Box Office" tab at the top of the page.
RANK
THIS
WEEK
SHOW TITLE SHOW
TYPE
THEATRE RANK
LAST
WEEK
UP/
DOWN
1 The Book of Mormon Musical Eugene O'Neill 1 Same
2 Disney's The Lion King Musical Minskoff 2 Same
3 Disney's Newsies Musical Nederlander 5 +2
4 tie Once Musical Bernard B. Jacobs 3 -1
4 tie Wicked Musical Gershwin 4 Same
6 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Musical Foxwoods 5 -1
7 Rock of Ages Musical Helen Hayes 7 Same
8 Jersey Boys Musical August Wilson 8 Same
9 Harvey Play Revival Studio 54 12 +3
10 The Phantom of the Opera Musical Majestic 17 +7
11 Mamma Mia! Musical Winter Garden 15 +4
12 One Man, Two Guvnors Play Music Box 11 -1
13 Evita Musical Revival Marquis 9 -4
14 Mary Poppins Musical New Amsterdam 14 Same
15 Gore Vidal's The Best Man Play Revival Gerald Schoenfeld 21 +6
16 Chicago Musical Revival Ambassador 10 -6
17 A Streetcar Named Desire Play Revival Broadhurst 22 +5
18 Nice Work If You Can Get It Musical Imperial 15 -3
19 Bring It On: The Musical Musical St. James 13 -6
20 Peter and the Starcatcher Play Brooks Atkinson 18 -2
21 tie War Horse Play Vivian Beaumont 19 -2
21 tie Memphis Musical Shubert 24 -3
23 tie The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Musical Revival Richard Rodgers 25 +2
23 tie Sister Act Musical Broadway 22 -1
25 Clybourne Park Play Walter Kerr 19 -6
26 Ghost: The Musical Musical Lunt-Fontanne 26 Same
27 Fela! Musical Revival Al Hirschfeld 27 Same
28 End of the Rainbow Play Belasco 28 Same
SRO: Harvey, The Book of Mormon, Newsies, The Lion King
$100+ Avg. Ticket: Wicked, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Rock of Ages, Once, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies, Jersey Boys, Evita
$2M Club: Wicked, The Lion King
$1M Club: Evita, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Book of Mormon, The Phantom of the Opera

Jeff
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