Michael Tubbs

About 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

Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis Planning NYC Cooking TV Show

Bobby Flay and fellow Food Network star, Giada DeLaurentiisCelebrity chef Bobby Flay and fellow Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis are developing a new TV show in New York City, currently working-titled as “Flay’s Fillet” or “Giada DeLicious” or just “Gastro Garage”.

Sources indicate that “Gastro Garage” is a cross between “Live, with Kelly & Michael”  and Emeril Legasse’s “Emeril Live” – so, the show pitches hot topics in between cooking segments appealing to ‘MasterChef’ quality cooks. What is interesting is that both shows it’s modeled after contain the word “live” in their title- suggesting that “Gastro Garage” is going to be very live, complete with kitchen accidents, which sadly, Giada is no stranger to.

The show’s format seems to be distancing itself from the dumbed-down cooking approach that Rachael Ray and the Barefoot Contessa have provided to viewers looking for cooking-meets-lifestyle TV shows, with dishes easy enough that even the Kardashians could master. “Gastro Garage” will be going after seasoned chefs that will know the difference between a whisk and a colander and don’t need to be told about either. Comparatively, another TV show “The Kitchen” currently provides the high road for gastro fans, but lacks the electricity that exists between Flay and De Laurentiis that clearly transfers to TV beautifully – well in the TV pilot at least.

The show celebrates the collaboration between Flay’s New American style to cooking and De Laurentiis’s classic Italian approach. In the recently shot pilot, some sparks did fly on the set, with De Laurentiis setting fire to the souffle and the fire extinguisher was needed to calm the flames and the stars’ nerves. It’s expected that guest stars on the show will include many of Flay’s and Giada’s celebrity friends including John Mayer, Drake, Tyson Beckford, and Matt Lauer.

It’s rumored that the show will operate out of Emeril’s old Food Network studio in the Chelsea Market- this being an ideal central location for TV audiences to travel to and a wonderful array of fresh produce available in the food market below the studio. When Flay “runs out” of black pepper, it’s anticipated that he will run down to the market with a camera and shoot the whole scene of choosing the perfect black pepper to adorn his culinary creation, all while talking lifestyle and politics. And all of it live.

No deal is in place yet with a production company, but it will almost certainly will be shot out of New York City given that the Flay restaurants need Bobby to continue to steer the ship; Bar Americain, Mesa Grill, Bobby’s Burger Palace, and his new NOHO project, Gato, all need the captain at hand. Giada lives and works in NYC and given that she has a family here too, she has no intention of spending weeks away in Hollywood shooting the show, even the cost savings to The Food Network are huge..

Giada has a huge following herself with her “Giada at Home” show on Food network, her Academia Barilla premium pasta line, and her huge food and homeware deal with Target. She won a daytime Emmy award in 2008 for outstanding lifestyle host and she has become a mentor to the Food Network’s other up-and-coming chefs. Originally trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, De Laurentiis famously cut her finger on a live TV show on Thanksgiving 2013 and then started feeling dizzy. She starting losing copious amounts of blood and passed out off-set. A couple of hours later she was all stitched up and ready to shoot the next show. She also has written a children’s book and loves to spend time with her husband, Todd Thompson, and her daughter Jade.

Flay is no stranger to TV either. As well as his Iron Chef appearances he did a stint on HBO’s Entourage where he played Mrs. Ari Gold’s love interest. His restaurant was also featured in the show. He reportedly received no payment for this appearance, but his businesses received a great deal of publicity.

Regis Philbin Begins New TV Season With Crowd Goes Wild

crowd-goes-wild with Regis PhilbinRegis Philbin continues his illustrious career with a new show on Fox Sports 1 Crowd Goes Wild.

The show is shot out of the Chelsea Piers Studios with a studio audience and is produced by Embassy Row Productions. Chelsea Pier Studios are on the far West side of Manhattan, but fans are still eager to take the trip all the way west to get to see Regis and his team discuss today’s sports news in a less-in-your-face way than all the other sports shows on TV. The show is a free-flowing format that can go pretty much anywhere on topics as wide as hockey to golf, Olympics to X Games.

Philbin’s team includes: Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Ga, retired tennis player Michael Kost, football star Trevor Pryce, and TV anchor Georgie Thompson. So the show doesn’t become a boys club, they added in Katie Nolan who serves on the team as the youth opinion and promotes the social interaction part, something many of the live New York Shows now do to pep up the show. When the show is on live, their Twitter and Facebook accounts light up with viewer interest and opinion.The show is dubbed as a lively and conversational sports show, but it plans on being much more.

The show is an hour long and the audience is asked to be there early, so if you are thinking about attending, plan on being there at least two hours (not including the time it takes to get to the far west side.) They have an audience maximum of 40 people per day and they can provide group tickets. Refreshments and bathrooms are provided, but no food is provided. The show brings in guests from time-to-time and will often feature opinions from fans, bloggers, and journalists. Even members of the audience get to have their say by voting and being part of the show by talking to the hosts. One of the problems that producers face is that Regis’s demographic skews woefully older and advertisers for this show aren’t too happy if they fill the seats with older folks, so the show tries to keep the age down – but often, this older demographic is the only group interested in going all the way out to the west side to see the show – it is Regis after all.

This isn’t the first time that this production company has had a sports show: in 2003 Embassy brought us Cold Pizza on ESPN, which was an ill-fated show shot in the bottom of the New Yorker hotel without a studio audience. The show lasted a season before ESPN execs figured out that they got more TV audience by re-running SuperBowl XLII (42) from 2007 featuring the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

Regis Philbin has had an illustrious career. He started way back in 1962 as the announcer on The Tonight Show under Jack Paar and then transferred Johnny Carson, who switched Philbin out for Ed McMahon. (Even stranger is that no documentation exists supporting this accolade, even Wikipedia). Regis worked on over 45 TV shows since with highlights including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Regis and Kathie Lee. His partner, Kelly Ripa on Regis and Kelly (a replacement for Kathie Lee) went on to host Kelly and Michael, which still runs today on ABC Television. His biggest success to date was as the host on America’s Got Talent in 2006, but he was cut by producers at the end of that season who felt that he was woefully out-of-touch with the audience they were trying to build.

Crowd Goes Wild is an hour-long show that airs live weekdays 5:00pm-6:00pm ET on FOX Sports 1, which is channel 513 on New York Verizon and 487 on New York Time Warner.

Audience tickets for this show are available from Embassy Row Productions at 212.507.9700

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 2/2/2014

superbowl 48 trophySUPERBOWL GOES OFF LIKE A DAMP SQUIB
According to the Broadway League, the 2014 Superbowl 48 in New Jersey fails to ignite Broadway ticket sales in New York City and actually kept many Broadway fans away from New York city when compared to the last ten years of sales during the same week. New York City was busy with many Super Bowl fans milling around,  hotels completely sold out, many Super Bowl parties and the NFL awards were at Radio City Music Hall the night before the Super Bowl but very few of these visitors actually went to see a Broadway show – The demographic just didn’t fit and Broadway producers failed to sell the dream.

Broadway overall ticket sales plummeted by nearly two and a half million dollars, falling from $19,122,428 down to $16,714,694, which was a unexpected shock to many shows, but with little history on this kind of event it was hard one to predict.

BIG DROP IN BROADWAY TICKET SALES
Even top selling shows like The Lion King took a big hit from a 98.71% capacity just last week, capacity decreased 10% the week of the Super Bowl.Though there were plenty of tourists in town, apparently not enough football fans also have a love for Broadway. What may have taken an even bigger toll was that many locals decided to avoid the Times Square area entirely during the week leading up to the big game, when several blocks of Broadway were turned into an interactive Superbowl celebration.

BROADWAY TICKET SALES COMPARED TO LAST YEAR
We can see a similar decrease in Broadway tickets sales from the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII.  Last year, Broadway grossed a total of $16,564,313 in Broadway ticket sales with 22 shows running.  This year, Broadway grossed a total of $16,714,694 in Broadway ticket sales with 26 shows running. This is far less than expected considering there are an additional four Broadway shows this year. With the 2014 Super Bowl being at the Metlife Stadium, one would think the significant increase in the amount of tourists would help Broadway break free from this annual cycle; however, the numbers do not lie.  Maybe the Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square (Broadway from 34th Street to 47th Street) occupied tourists during this time.

THE BOOK OF MORMON TOPS THE CHART
The highest-grossing show this week was The Book of Mormon, which, despite most of Broadway’s deep financial freeze this week, had no problem selling out and earning $1,641,717.  Wicked came in second with $1,403,247, followed by Disney’s The Lion King, rounding out third place with $1,293,167.  Kinky Boots was the only other Broadway show to make over a million, bringing in $1,173,857.

The following are the Broadway ticket numbers for the week ending February 2, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $420,646 5,472 75.41% $76.87
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $231,225 3,254 48.42% $71.06
AFTER MIDNIGHT $584,044 6,983 84.25% $83.64
BEAUTIFUL $745,443 7,158 87.21% $104.14
BRONX BOMBERS $137,015 4,470 72.75% $30.65
CHICAGO $340,481 4,643 53.74% $73.33
CINDERELLA $508,604 7,482 53.41% $67.98
JERSEY BOYS $538,710 5,760 58.63% $93.53
KINKY BOOTS $1,173,857 10,421 91.48% $112.64
MACHINAL $196,201 3,192 62.72% $61.47
MAMMA MIA! $343,596 5,291 56.72% $64.94
MATILDA $969,639 10,910 95.23% $88.88
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $978,954 9,694 80.41% $100.99
NEWSIES $568,494 7,678 80.99% $74.04
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $536,711 6,337 73.82% $84.69
ONCE $552,672 6,331 74.73% $87.30
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $317,000 4,648 89.38% $68.20
PIPPIN $614,740 6,780 85.61% $90.67
ROCK OF AGES $289,178 3,494 74.91% $82.76
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,641,717 8,724 102.30% $188.18
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY $337,841 5,826 81.68% $57.99
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $462,224 5,246 84.29% $88.11
THE LION KING $1,293,167 12,063 88.70% $107.20
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $622,287 8,839 68.84% $70.40
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $907,006 8,586 102.12% $105.64
WICKED $1,403,247 13,810 95.43% $101.61
Totals: $16,714,694 183,092 77.81% $86.04

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com

Michael Strahan Puts Call Out For Red Carpet Audience Members For Super Bowl XLVIII

super-bowl-red-carpetThis Sunday night, the 2014 Fox Sports Super Bowl XLVIII red carpet will be hosted by Charissa Thompson and Michael Strahan at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ and will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Fox Sports are looking for fifty red carpet insiders to be part of the pregame show and hang out next to the red carpet while they interview celebrities.

The pregame is standing-room-only, but the fans are able to stand on the other side of the velvet rope at the red carpet for the entire pregame show, which will be for at least four hours.

Just to be clear, Fox Sports producers want everyone to know that tickets to the Super Bowl will not be supplied to the guests by Fox Sports or any of its affiliates. Guests will not be provided with any heat, cover from the elements, chairs, refreshments, or bathrooms. Guests will also have to make their own arrangements to get to the MetLife stadium, which might be a major hassle given that the Super Bowl is playing at the stadium and they will not be part of it. Guests must leave directly after the red carpet pregame is over. Guests should not approach Charissa Thompson or Michael Strahan for autographs or to sign any paraphernalia. Guests will also not be allowed to approach or talk to anyone who is walking on the red carpet. At this point, it is unclear which celebrities will actually walk the red carpet at the Super Bowl, but looking back at Super Bowl XLVII in 2012 it was a mix of TV stars and ex-NFL players. Current NFL players don’t really want to be seen on the red carpet at the game that they might feel that they deserved to be playing in.

Super Bowl fans who want to be part of this show (it really helps that you already have Super Bowl tickets) are welcome to apply at the Fox Sports website.

As of today, they still do not have the required fifty people, but they anticipate that this show will actually become far hotter than the game itself as people realize that stars like the Kardashians, Dorothy Wang, Bethenny Frankel and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will be there.

On the network’s broadcast roster are Terry Bradshaw (his 10th Super Bowl assignment as a broadcaster) who will carry the bulk of the four hours. Game broadcasters Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, and Erin Andrews and rules analyst Mike Pereira will also be part of the pregame.

The TV schedule rundown for this year’s pregame show is:

  • A feature on the New York and New Jersey ties of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, who was born in Brooklyn, played at Fordham and coached at Army, St. Cecilia’s in New Jersey and with the New York Giants. The piece, produced by PT Navarro, should run in the 4pm hour or early in the 5pm hour. Vin Scully and Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan will appear on camera as part of the piece.
  • Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly will conduct a live sit-down interview with President Barack Obama beginning approximately at 4:30 pm ET. The interview will take place at the White House and go for about 10 minutes or so.
  • Bradshaw has a taped interview with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, with the pair walking down Broadway in New York City. That will air sometime in the show’s first 90 minutes.
  • An examination of some of the great games in New York/New Jersey history, including the 1958 Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. This will run in the first hour.
  • Drawing from previous Super Bowl broadcasters, Michael Strahan and Fox Sports Live‘s Charissa Thompson will interview celebrities on a red-carpet outside MetLife Stadium. Its unclear how “Celebrities” is defined, but many TV and sports stars are expected. This is usually the lowest point of the show for ratings, but the inclusion of the Kardashians this year is expected to give it a boost. Janet Jackson is not invited to this year’s red carpet.
  • A tribute to longtime Fox NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall, who passed away in April, will take to the air in the 3 p.m. ET hour. Buck will lead the tribute.
  • Fox Sports 1 analyst Randy Moss traveled to Denver last week to interview Broncos receiver Wes Welker. The interview will run in the third hour.
  • As is tradition for Fox, the network will have an on-air reading of the Declaration of Independence with past and present NFL figures: Pats owner Robert Kraft, Joe Andruzzi, Matt Chatham and members of the Boston Police Department; Chuck Bednarik, London Fletcher, Art Monk, Giants owners John Mara, Steve Tisch with Jets owner Woody Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck, Raymond Berry, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas; Art Shell, Tony Gonzalez, JJ Watt, the Watt Family and the Houston Fire Dept., and Adrian Peterson.
  • Fox will address weather issues on-the-day and change programming on-the-fly depending on what kind of news value it has that day and if it has any attacks for Obama or any other left wing socialists following the Obama interview.
  • This will be the second Super Bowl pregame show Richards has produced after getting a last-second call to produce the pregame in 2011, when Fox last had the game. The aim is to produce a mixture of entertainment and information, and for the show to steadily get more football-centric as the hour grows closer to kickoff.

Seth Meyers Inherits Late Night From Jimmy Fallon In New York

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Jimmy Fallon has passed his late night show over to Seth Meyers from SNL fame. Jimmy has owned Late Night for the last five years after Conan O’Brien was booted because of terrible ratings. Subsequently, the NBC executives reinstalled Jay Leno back in The Tonight Show slot. Conan could have taken his Late Show slot back, but chose to go on to host his own show on TBS a year later (and was $12 million richer from the non-compete contract he had with NBC.)

With Jimmy Fallon now graduating to Jay Leno’s slot on The Tonight Show, there leaves a void to be filled on Late Night and Seth Meyers (from NBC’s SNL) gets the pickle passed to him. The new show with Meyers will still be in the after-midnight 12:35am TV show time slot – a slot that is very hard to garner TV audience, especially with so much TV and non-TV competition out there. Seth Meyers “new” version of the show will have a new format and will include some skits lifted straight from SNL, some on-the-street clips, as well as the standard format of the opening monologue and a bunch of interesting guests to boot.

It’s good that the NBC show is recorded at 5PM EST as Meyers is only a year younger than Fallon at the ripe old age of 40. Late Night has a history of burning out the host, who often doesn’t feel any pressure to attract a big audience, but can often feel that their show is going nowhere fast, leading to motivational issues for them and their staff. Graduating to a better time slot is almost unheard of: Conan underlined that, but Fallon managed to buck the trend, showing that it is possible.

The “Passing Of the Pickle” is a tradition created by David Letterman, who departed Light Night many years ago where the staff on the show bestowed a giant plastic pickle upon the fresh faced new host, Conan O’ Brien. Jimmy Fallon, too,  received the pickle from Conan O’Brien, but the tradition goes way back: a number of TV hosts over the years have exchanged the pickle including Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, who received real pickles from Katz’s deli. The pickle is a metaphor for being passed a lame duck time slot.

Jimmy Fallon vacates the Late Night on February 6, 2014 to get ready for The Tonight Show debut and Seth Meyers starts the new show Late Night on February 24, 2014. No indication yet of what NBC executives expect to see in terms of success or failure, but with their history they may even forget that he is on their channel. With Seth Meyers experience on SNL and on the daytime yakker show Live with Kelly, this should stand him in better than his competition for this slot that reportedly included Alec Baldwin, George Lopez,W. Kamau Bell, Whitney Cummings, Gordon Elliot and Maury Povich, all veterans of the TV circuit.

NBC’s The Tonight Show Returns To New York With Jimmy Fallon At The Helm

Jimmy Fallon Brings the Tnight Show To New York City

Known for his madcap skits on SNL with Justin Timberlake and his youthful stand-up style, Jimmy Fallon has been tasked with bringing The Tonight Show back to New York City after a 50 year hiatus. The show has lived for over five decades in Los Angeles, with Jay Leno most recently at the helm.

It all started with the The Tonight Show with Steve Allen in New York back in 1954. Jack Paar took the show over a few years later and and then Johnny Carson moved the show from New York to Hollywood in 1962. It hasn’t been back to New York City since. Jay Leno and David Letterman had their famed “Late Night Wars” where they fought over the show (Johnny Carson wanted to give it to Letterman, but NBC execs decided otherwise) and now Jay Leno ends his tenure with his two-decade run on The Tonight Show February 6, 2014 with his final guests Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks. Just a few days later on February 17, Jimmy Fallon begins his version of The Tonight Show at midnight. (It’s been placed after NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics for that week, returning to a regular time slot of 11pm the following week).

Jimmy Fallon is lucky enough to have a great lead-in with the Olympics coverage and is anticipated to include some wonderful guests including Sean Connery, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Aaron Paul, and George Clooney. (It’s hoped that NBC’s coverage of the Olympics is better than it has been over the last few years, because this apparent benefit of lead-in ratings could well become a negative if NBC screws it up again. For example, showing events that took place over 24 hours ago, inexplicably cutting away from the highly anticipated Opening Ceremonies to a Ryan Seacrest interview instead, and so on and so forth.)

the tonight show starring Jimmy FallonAs for the void that that Jimmy Fallon leaves at his show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers takes Jimmy’s old slot and so begins yet another round of late show musical chairs. The very first time NBC executives tried to replace Leno was back in June 2009, and it was a complete disaster. They replaced Leno with Conan O’Brien – but with Conan’s lack of mainstream appeal and the NBC executives lack of stomach… (were these really the same  NBC executives that were responsible for green-lighting the sleeper-hit Seinfeld? they must have just gotten lucky) NBC gave it an early bath and landed Conan with a reported $12 Million settlement deal and his own a show on TBS a year later when his NBC non-compete contract expired.

This time around, NBC executives think they can do a better job and Jimmy Fallon gets a try at the brass ring. No word yet on what the backup plan is this time if Fallon fails to garner market share; perhaps Jay Leno is still under contract if Jimmy’s viewer numbers don’t pan out?

Tickets to The Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon, which is being shot at the NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, are available at the NBC ticket desk by calling (212) 664-3056. Generally, tickets are booked about 4-6 weeks in advance from the actual taping. Please call Monday-Friday (9am-5pm ET) for availability. Standby tickets are always fair game for these kinds of shows in New York City, but anticipate higher than normal demand at the start of the run, giving way to a reasonable ticket demand as the show settles in.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/26/2014

The Bridges of Madison CountyBROADWAY’S WEEKLY SALES DIP
Apparently New York City’s deep freeze temperatures have been keeping Broadway theater fans indoors. Overall Broadway ticket sales decreased by nearly a million this week, as revenue went from $20,091,732 down to $19,122,428. With any luck, the NY/NJ Superbowl festivities this coming week will give Broadway box offices a needed boost.

BEST-SELLING BOOK NOW A BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Bridges of Madison County, a huge-selling hit novel that later became a film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, has been transformed into a romantic musical, which is now in previews on Broadway. Whether or not the title will be enough to draw in fans of the book remains to be seen, but so far the show is only doing modest business, filling the theater to 81.96% capacity with an average paid admission of $64.40.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 26, 2014:

Broadway Show ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $499,786 5,935 81.79% $84.21
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $314,542 4,242 63.13% $74.15
AFTER MIDNIGHT $572,163 6,841 82.54% $83.64
BEAUTIFUL $835,905 7,415 90.34% $112.73
BRONX BOMBERS $157,099 3,886 63.25% $40.43
CHICAGO $488,313 6,506 75.30% $75.06
CINDERELLA $695,161 9,169 65.46% $75.82
JERSEY BOYS $702,496 7,118 72.46% $98.69
KINKY BOOTS $1,385,078 10,633 93.34% $130.26
MACHINAL $189,739 3,631 62.43% $52.26
MAMMA MIA! $518,241 7,182 76.99% $72.16
MATILDA $1,053,614 11,106 96.94% $94.87
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,115,402 10,338 85.75% $107.89
NEWSIES $687,813 8,259 87.12% $83.28
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $596,123 6,579 76.64% $90.61
ONCE $639,104 6,797 80.23% $94.03
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $225,870 4,825 92.79% $46.81
PIPPIN $720,127 7,067 89.23% $101.90
ROCK OF AGES $350,837 4,120 88.34% $85.15
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,660,267 8,752 102.63% $189.70
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY $376,494 5,846 81.96% $64.40
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $509,628 5,442 87.44% $93.65
THE LION KING $1,608,611 13,424 98.71% $119.83
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $742,269 10,206 79.49% $72.73
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $878,829 8,410 100.02% $104.50
WICKED $1,598,920 15,044 98.30% $106.28
Totals: $19,122,428 198,773 83.56% $90.58

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/19/2014

Beautiful Broadway ShowBROADWAY SALES GET A SMALL BUMP
Following a major dive in revenue last week, overall Broadway ticket sales made a slight move upward this week, going from $19,579,699 up to $20,091,732, an increase of about half a million dollars.

NEW BROADWAY SHOWS SEE MIXED RESULTS
With the New Year comes a number of new Broadway shows, which are ushering in the spring season a bit early. The Carole King bio-musical Beautiful is doing the best among them, nearly selling out and getting an average paid admission of $105.96. Outside Mullingar (starring Will & Grace‘s Debra Messing) is also coming close to selling out, but tickets are averaging at just $56.75. The New York Yankees play Bronx Bombers isn’t doing well so far, filling the theater to 61.90% capacity and getting an average ticket price of only $44.17.

The following are the Broadway ticket numbers for the week ending January 19, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $527,598 6,010 82.83% $87.79
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $339,451 4,643 69.09% $73.11
AFTER MIDNIGHT $590,401 6,454 77.87% $91.48
BEAUTIFUL $850,362 8,025 97.77% $105.96
BRONX BOMBERS $167,974 3,803 61.90% $44.17
CHICAGO $495,368 6,575 76.10% $75.34
CINDERELLA $781,752 10,185 72.71% $76.76
JERSEY BOYS $709,931 6,732 68.53% $105.46
KINKY BOOTS $1,527,348 10,795 94.76% $141.49
MACHINAL $214,329 4,653 80.00% $46.06
MAMMA MIA! $538,818 7,064 75.73% $76.28
MATILDA $1,130,146 10,594 92.48% $106.68
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,169,588 10,235 84.90% $114.27
NEWSIES $717,531 8,110 85.55% $88.47
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $692,954 7,079 82.47% $97.89
ONCE $657,372 6,306 74.43% $104.25
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $282,706 4,982 95.81% $56.75
PIPPIN $768,965 7,010 88.51% $109.70
ROCK OF AGES $361,214 4,120 88.34% $87.67
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,750,313 8,752 102.63% $199.99
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY $212,261 2,783 91.04% $76.27
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $563,227 5,608 90.10% $100.43
THE LION KING $1,653,132 13,292 97.74% $124.37
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $757,978 9,388 73.12% $80.74
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $881,048 8,571 101.94% $102.79
WICKED $1,749,967 14,273 98.62% $122.61
Totals: $20,091,732 196,042 84.81% $96.03

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/12/2014

MacbethBROADWAY TICKET SALES FALL DRAMATICALLY
Though it’s always expected that Broadway revenue will start to dry up in January after enjoying a considerable boost during the winter holiday season, it’s still a striking blow to see overall Broadway sales plummet from last week’s $31,143,670 down to $19,579,699. January and February are typically among the bleakest months where Broadway ticket sales are concerned.

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH ENDS
The latest revival of William Shakespeare’s often-produced tragedy Macbeth, this one starring Ethan Hawke in the title role, concluded its limited run at Lincoln Center this past Sunday.  WIth less-than-stellar reviews and little buzz, the production did middling business.  Its final week reflected this, with 82.08% attendance at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and an average paid admission of $65.32.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 12, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $526,669 6,027 83.06% $87.38
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $331,705 4,114 61.22% $80.63
AFTER MIDNIGHT $522,397 5,849 70.57% $89.31
BEAUTIFUL $622,394 7,882 96.03% $78.96
BRONX BOMBERS $128,209 1,692 54.79% $75.77
CHICAGO $480,262 6,058 70.12% $79.28
CINDERELLA $642,019 8,263 58.99% $77.70
JERSEY BOYS $715,549 6,872 69.95% $104.13
KINKY BOOTS $1,463,770 11,076 97.23% $132.16
MACBETH $449,047 6,875 82.08% $65.32
MACHINAL $197,634 4,521 77.73% $43.71
MAMMA MIA! $504,214 6,590 70.65% $76.51
MATILDA $1,138,576 11,221 97.95% $101.47
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,113,620 9,912 82.22% $112.35
NEWSIES $722,110 8,628 91.01% $83.69
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $718,285 7,875 91.74% $91.21
ONCE $631,440 6,357 75.04% $99.33
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $208,084 3,974 87.34% $52.36
PIPPIN $785,586 7,397 93.40% $106.20
ROCK OF AGES $371,622 4,337 92.99% $85.69
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,709,586 8,752 102.63% $195.34
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $537,792 5,328 85.60% $100.94
THE LION KING $1,714,261 13,230 97.28% $129.57
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $811,982 10,335 80.49% $78.57
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $852,893 8,562 101.83% $99.61
WICKED $1,679,996 14,561 97.38% $115.38
Totals: $19,579,699 196,288 83.44% $93.95

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/5/2013

Annie Broadway MusicalPOST-CHRISTMAS BROADWAY SALES DROP
It’s not surprising at all that, following the Broadway box office bonanza of Christmas week (which brought in a total of $38,783,854 in sales), Broadway saw sales fall this week. However, this week’s $31,143,670 in total revenue is still a very high weekly take, and it’s clearly due to the continued burst of business brought in by tourists visiting NYC for New Year’s. This was also the week that New York City got hit with its first major snow storm of the season, but fortunately the storm didn’t come until New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day had passed.

FINAL WEEK FOR FIVE SHOWS
This was the last week for five different Broadway shows, which concluded their runs this weekend. 700 Sundays, Annie, Betrayal, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark all enjoyed big sales in their final week, each making over a million (at $1,782,904, Spider-man led the pack and was the 4th highest grossing show of the week). First Date lagged behind, bringing in a total of $563,371. But the romantic musical comedy still did decent business, filling to 87.01% capacity and earning $75.71 per ticket.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 5, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,101,241 7,060 96.12% $155.98
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $544,066 5,724 90.16% $95.05
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $369,944 4,177 62.16% $88.57
AFTER MIDNIGHT $579,804 5,637 68.01% $102.86
ANNIE $1,387,296 13,619 99.67% $101.86
BEAUTIFUL $740,451 6,602 80.43% $112.16
BETRAYAL $1,367,059 9,477 100.00% $144.25
CHICAGO $923,074 7,973 92.28% $115.78
CINDERELLA $1,123,628 11,431 81.60% $98.30
FIRST DATE $563,371 7,441 87.01% $75.71
JERSEY BOYS $928,795 7,707 78.45% $120.51
KINKY BOOTS $1,781,938 11,348 99.61% $157.03
MACBETH $362,880 5,518 65.88% $65.76
MACHINAL $126,078 3,176 62.41% $39.70
MAMMA MIA! $825,532 8,190 100.34% $100.80
MATILDA $1,654,803 11,544 100.77% $143.35
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,334,907 10,758 89.23% $124.09
NEWSIES $934,998 9,304 98.14% $100.49
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $786,972 8,035 93.60% $97.94
ONCE $834,442 7,979 94.18% $104.58
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $116,334 2,078 79.92% $55.98
PIPPIN $1,026,769 7,766 98.06% $132.21
ROCK OF AGES $439,311 3,921 84.07% $112.04
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,782,904 14,895 96.37% $119.70
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,948,385 8,752 102.63% $222.62
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $542,803 4,835 77.68% $112.27
THE LION KING $2,332,390 13,603 100.02% $171.46
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,357,647 11,195 99.64% $121.27
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $871,219 8,561 101.82% $101.77
WICKED $2,454,630 15,424 100.00% $159.14
Totals: $31,143,670 253,730 89.34% $115.11

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com