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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

Friday, June 13, 2014

Box Office Report: 2013 - 2014 Season: Quarter 4

#1 Again!
The numbers are in and the entire 2013-2014 Broadway Season was one for the record books, in terms of the box office.  Below, all 41 shows that played during the last 13 weeks (February 24 - May 25) are ranked after combining their cumulative attendance percentages, gross potential percentages and average ticket prices.

It should be no surprise that The Book of Mormon continues its dominance, or that star-studded play revivals grab their money and run, a la A Raisin in the Sun and Of Mice and Men.  Five of Broadway's longest-running shows still made the top 25 for the quarter as well, with The Lion King and Wicked continuing to be huge draws.  And it is great to see that most of 2012-2013's biggest winners continue to do well.  On the down side, new plays remain at the bottom, with only the starry casts of Outside Mullingar and The Realistic Joneses even remotely bucking that trend.


#2 and #16

#4
#5
Some new shows that opened in the final weeks of the season should see a move up the charts next quarter, with the combination of awards, national exposure and higher numbers overall without preview papering, critic and Tony voter freebies lowering their numbers.  It'll be interesting to watch what happens, considering there aren't that many breakout hits.

An analysis of the second half and the entire season is coming up next week.

Best Musical (#28) and Best Musical Revival (#3)

SHOW
TITLE
4th QUARTER RANK
The Book of Mormon
1
A Raisin in the Sun
2
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
3
The Lion King
4
Wicked
5
Kinky Boots
6
Les Miserables
7
Of Mice and Men
8
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
9
If/Then
10
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
11
Matilda
12
Aladdin
13
Cabaret
14
Motown
15
The Realistic Joneses
16
All the Way
17
The Phantom of the Opera
17
Pippin
19
Newsies
20
Rock of Ages
21
Jersey Boys
22
Outside Mullingar
23
No Man's Land/Waiting for Godot
24
Mamma Mia!
25
Cinderella
26
Bullets Over Broadway
27
A Gentleman's Guide…
28
Chicago
29
The Cripple of Inishmaan
30
After Midnight
31
Once
32
Violet
33
Rocky: The Musical
34
Machinal
35
Casa Valentina
36
The Bridges of Madison County
37
Act One
38
Mothers and Sons
39
Bronx Bombers
40
The Velocity of Autumn
41

Jeff
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