Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/22/2015

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“The Illusionists: Live on Broadway” Returns for a Holiday Engagement

In the week ending November 22, 2015, two new shows began previews on Broadway. The first, The Illusionists: Live on Broadway, began previews on November 19, 2015, and played seven shows in its first week. In this partial week of performances, it brought in a weekly gross of $595,610, which represents 51.7% of its gross potential. With a top ticket price of $250, the average paid admission was $87.27, and the average audience capacity was filled up to 69.7%. The Illusionists is an untraditional Broadway show, as it features magic rather than drama or musical theatre. The series first premiered on Broadway last year, with the show The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible running from November 26, 2014 to January 4, 2015, and did fairly well throughout the run. Now just one year later, another The Illusionists has come to Broadway. In its first week, the sales were just okay, so time will tell whether it was too soon for this show to return to Broadway, or whether it will be a holiday favorite. While the initial were grosses were not bad, the show has the potential to reach a weekly gross of $1,152,931 in the Neil Simon Theatre, and so there is a long way to go before the audiences are filled up as much as they can be for this magic show.

“Fiddler on the Roof” Begins Sixth Broadway Production

Furthermore, the past week Fiddler on the Roof began previews on November 20, 2015. This is the sixth time this classic musical has been seen on Broadway, beginning with the premiere in 1964. The most recent time was from January 23, 2004 to January 8, 2006, that time starring Alfred Molina as Tevye, and thus a decade has gone by since this show was last seen on Broadway. In the current revival, Tevye is played by Tony Award winner Danny Burstein, who may be less of a household name, but has certainly proved his chops on the stage. In its first partial week of three performances, Fiddler on the Roof brought in $490,059, representing 82.6% of its gross potential. With a top ticket price of $225, the average paid admission was $96.11, and the average audience capacity was filled up to 99.8%. These numbers are quite remarkable for a show that is so well known, but also so familiar that it is not exciting or new compared to those making their Broadway premiere for the first time. In any case, this goes to show that there is still an avid audience for Fiddler on the Roof, with or without a Hollywood star in the lead, as the classic songs “Tradition,” “Anatevka,” “Miracle of Miracles,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Far From the Home I Love,” and many more remain classics not just in the Jewish American tradition, but on a wider scale attracting hungry Broadway audiences.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending November 22, 2015:Broadway Show Ticket Analysis 11-22-15

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $417,887 5,255 72.42% $79.52
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE $525,280 6,855 81.07% $76.63
ALADDIN $1,348,847 12,652 91.57% $106.61
ALLEGIANCE $410,018 5,061 59.85% $81.02
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $1,182,625 10,373 77.23% $114.01
BEAUTIFUL $949,972 7,333 89.34% $129.55
CHICAGO $429,816 5,217 60.38% $82.39
CHINA DOLL $1,024,914 7,106 94.96% $144.23
DAMES AT SEA $127,071 1,870 40.09% $67.95
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF $490,059 5,099 99.80% $96.11
FINDING NEVERLAND $765,013 8,235 68.44% $92.90
FOOL FOR LOVE $294,995 3,747 73.30% $78.73
FUN HOME $533,332 4,948 83.58% $107.79
HAMILTON $1,450,763 10,735 101.58% $135.14
HAND TO GOD $162,974 2,331 37.74% $69.92
JERSEY BOYS $523,602 5,354 54.50% $97.80
KING CHARLES III $628,174 5,702 72.95% $110.17
KINKY BOOTS $819,184 8,638 75.83% $94.83
LES MISÉRABLES $600,492 6,790 60.24% $88.44
LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES $294,808 5,221 34.42% $56.47
MATILDA $683,499 8,322 72.64% $82.13
MISERY $900,469 7,689 81.73% $117.11
OLD TIMES $400,106 5,153 87.04% $77.65
ON YOUR FEET! $1,317,026 12,287 94.46% $107.19
SCHOOL OF ROCK $736,712 9,733 81.87% $75.69
SOMETHING ROTTEN! $674,972 7,658 63.65% $88.14
SPRING AWAKENING $388,943 5,597 68.19% $69.49
SYLVIA $317,033 5,410 63.14% $58.60
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,402,842 8,695 101.96% $161.34
THE COLOR PURPLE $691,926 6,907 93.88% $100.18
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $549,727 6,296 77.31% $87.31
THE GIN GAME $361,031 3,891 69.31% $92.79
THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE ON BROADWAY $595,610 6,825 69.74% $87.27
THE KING AND I $659,698 5,915 70.62% $111.53
THE LION KING $1,712,500 13,255 97.69% $129.20
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $663,090 7,973 62.10% $83.17
THÉRÈSE RAQUIN $397,460 5,096 62.51% $77.99
WICKED $1,508,157 12,931 89.45% $116.63
Totals $26,940,623 268,155 74.65% $95.62

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2015 nytix.com

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Michael Tubbs
Michael's passion for Broadway and statistics came together perfectly for his assignment as "Broadway Sales Analyst" at New York Show Tickets Inc. He loves to forecast future Broadway ticket sales, diagnose breaking trends and can spot Broadway show winners and losers long before the rest of the crowd. Favorite Celebrity: Ashton Kutcher
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