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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.

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Jeff

Friday, May 31, 2013

The 2012 - 2013 Broadway Box Office Final Analysis

Earlier this week, the Broadway League released the box office figures for the 2012 - 2013 season.  As you probably know, the total gross was a tidy $1.14B, and attendance at 11.6M.  The season's gross was statistically insignificant in differene to the 2011 - 2012, though attendance was down 6%.  So, if you think you are paying more for theatre tickets, you are right.  The dip in attendance, however, also corresponds to the dip in playing weeks, which was also down 6% from 2011 - 2012.

All season, I've been tracking the Broadway Box Office, and ranking the shows according to % of Gross Potential, Average Ticket Price, and Attendance.  Below, I have prepared a complete chart of all 80 shows that played Broadway between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012. (The official figures ran through May 26.  The first week of the 2013 - 2014 season ends June 2, 2013.)  

I have separated out the 5 "Special Engagements" because they represent a statistcal anomoly. The other 75 shows are ranked 1 - 75 in each of the 3 categories, then totalled.  The totals this season could range anywhere from 3 points through 225 points.  The show with the lowest total is top ranked, and so on.  The final totals and rankings are listed in the far right columns.  An "*" denotes a tie at that number.

THE TOP FIVE SHOWS (Note that there is only 2 are musicals!)
The Book of Mormon
Lucky Guy
Death of a Salesman
I'll Eat You Last
Glengarry Glen Ross*
The Lion King*

THE TOP FIVE NOT-FOR-PROFIT SHOWS (Because, until they go into extended runs (Harvey) or transfer (Other Desert Cities), their totals will always be skewed by lower ticket price averages.)
Harvey 
The Nance
The Assembled Parties
The Other Place
The Columnist

Note: This season, Anything Goes, War Horse, Other Desert Cities and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike were all commercial runs and/or transfers.

THE 2012 -2013 BROADWAY SEASON BOX OFFICE

SHOW
GROSS
POTENTIAL
GP
RANK
AVG.
TICKET
PRICE
ATP
RANK
ATTEND
ATTN
RANK
TOTAL
RANK
PTS.
FINAL
RANK
*Frankie
Valli
99.52%
B
$123.34
B
92.59%
B
B
B
*Lewis
Black
110.00%
A
$90.14
E
100.29%
A
A
A
*Manilow
on
Broadway
71.76%
D
$120.98
D
80.46%
D
E
E
*Mike Tyson 
70.44%
E
$133.18
A
70.88%
E
D
D
*The Rascals
89.56%
C
$121.58
C
91.77%
C
C
C
A Christmas
Story
73.47%
16
$94.09
20
89.56%
17
53
17
A Streetcar Named Desire
38.02%
59
$66.49
55
61.49%
65
179
65
An Enemy of the People
32.75%
63
$47.28
72
76.52%
38
173
61
Ann
27.61%
71
$64.96
57
51.54%
72
200
72
Annie
67.29%
19
$87.81
29
77.44%
34
82
24
Anything Goes
32.43%
65
$69.16
52
83.12%
24
141
42
Breakfast at Tiffany's
40.07%
54
$66.40
56
63.82%
62
172
58*
Bring It On







55*
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof







28*
Chaplin







49
Chicago







25*
Cinderella







19
Clybourne
Park







41
Cyrano de Bergerac







58*
Dead Accounts







57
Death of a Salesman







3
Don't Dress for Dinner







69
Elf







23
End of the Rainbow







67
Evita







20
Fela!






68
Ghost







53
Glengarry
Glen Ross







5*
Godspell







73
Golden Boy






66
Grace







52
Hands on a Hardbody







70*
Harvey






22*
I'll Eat You Last






4
Jekyll and Hyde






70*
Jersey Boys







13*
Jesus Christ Superstar







54
Kinky Boots







16
Lucky Guy







2
Macbeth







31
Mamma Mia






30
Mary
Poppins







33
Matilda







13*
Memphis







50*
Motown







8*
Newsies







12
Nice Work If You Can Get It







32
Once







8*
One Man, Two Guvnors







18
Orphans







37
Other Desert Cities







38
Peter and the Starcatcher







44*
Picnic







58*
Pippin







10
Porgy and
Bess







43
Priscilla 
Queen of the Desert







63*
Rock of Ages






11
Scandalous







76
Sister Act






45*
Spider-Man







15
The Anarchist







50*
The Assembled Parties







40
The Best Man







25*
The Big Knife






62
The Book of Mormon






1
The Columnist






48
The Heiress







25*
The Lion King






5*
The Lyons







74
The Mystery of Edwin Drood







55*
The Nance






36
The Other Place







45*
The Performers






75
The Phantom of the Opera







21
The Testament of Mary






63*
The Trip to Bountiful







39
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike






28*
Venus in Fur






35
War Horse







34
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?







47
Wicked







7
Jeff
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