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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

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*


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* - 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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