The Broadway Shows Will (Mostly) Go On Wednesday, October 31 2012

New York City continues to assess storm damage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and subways may not be operational for a few days yet, but Broadway is returning on Wednesday, October 31.

Not every Broadway show will be playing (Disney’s The Lion King and Mary Poppins are notable exceptions), but the majority will be resuming performances for the first time since the weekend.  For a complete list of which Broadway shows will go on October 31, click here.  (Note that some Broadway shows are canceling their matinee performances but still doing evening shows.)

Transportation difficulties into and within New York City might still make it impossible for some Broadway ticket holders to attend their shows, so they should contact their point of purchase to find out about ticket refund and exchange possibilities.  But despite transit woes for many, the Broadway League’s Charlotte St. Martin noted that “For those theatregoers who are staying in hotels and can’t get home, it’s a great time to see a show.”

Broadway Shows Canceled for Tuesday, October 30 2012

As “storm of the century” Sandy winds down, Broadway is canceling performances for the third night in a row.  All performances of Broadway shows scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 will be canceled, according to the Broadway League.

The League’s Charlotte St. Martin said, “As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities and other safety precautions implemented on behalf of Hurricane Sandy, evening performances will be cancelled tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 30th. We expect normal operations to resume Wednesday morning.”

As with the Sunday and Monday cancellations, ticket refunds will automatically be issued to people who purchased them with a credit card via Ticketmaster or Telecharge.  Those who purchased their Broadway tickets directly at the box office will need to return them to the box office for a refund or ticket exchange.

Monday Shows Canceled As Broadway Braces for Hurricane Monday, October 29 2012

Sunday night shows on Broadway were canceled as New York City begin preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, and now all Monday performances at Broadway theaters will also be canceled.

The Broadway League’s Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin released a statement saying that, “The safety and security of theatregoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern. As a result of the suspension of public transportation by government authorities in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, evening performances will be cancelled tonight, Sunday, October 28th, and Monday evening, October 29th.”

Broadway ticket holders can rest assured that, if they purchased their tickets through Telecharge or Ticketmaster (which handle the ticketing for most Broadway shows) either online or by phone using a credit card, the payment will be automatically refunded back to their card within 10 business days.  Anyone who purchased their tickets directly at the theater box office will need to return their tickets to the box office for a refund or to exchange the tickets for a future date.

For any further information about the weather cancellation or about receiving Broadway ticket refunds, click here.

Broadway’s Grace Offers Special Election Eve Ticket Discounts

For those who are exhausted by the seemingly endless and often heated pre-election discussion, the new Broadway play Grace is offering special “Get Your Brain Off the Campagin” pricing for its election eve performance.  For one night only, on Monday, November 5th at 7pm, Grace will give theatergoers the opportunity to see the show at deeply discounted ticket prices.

In honor of the much-discussed “47%”, you can buy orchestra and mezzanine seats to see this performance of Grace for just $47.  And the balcony seats for the November 5th performance are being sold at the very inexpensive and timely price of $20.12.

The November 5th election eve performance of Grace is a specially scheduled Monday night performance intended to replace the usually scheduled Tuesday performance on Tuesday, November 6th, which is election day.  Grace stars Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, Michael Shannon, and Kate Arrington and plays at the Cort Theatre on Broadway.  To purchase the low-priced tickets for November 5th, or to get tickets for another performance of Grace on Broadway, call 212-239-6200 or visit

TKTS Now Selling Matinee and Evening Tickets Simultaneously

The TKTS discount ticket booth in Times Square has just made buying same-day tickets a little simpler for the multitudes of Broadway and Off-Broadway theater ticket buyers that wait in line there each day.  As of earlier this week, the TKTS half price booth is now selling tickets for both matinee and evening performances simultaneously on two-performance days (which are generally Wedesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays).  Previously, you could only buy matinee tickets at the booth between 10am and 2pm, with evening tickets being sold 3-8pm.  The change is particularly helpful for theatergoers who have a flexible schedule and are free to buy either matinee or evening tickets.

Another major change that the TKTS Times Square booth, now in its 40th year operating in the heart of the Broadway theater district, has made is to start offering full-price tickets at Window #1.  The booth was designed to offer both tourists and local Broadway theater lovers an opportunity to buy discount tickets and has been valued for that reason over the decades.  However, many Broadway fans also want to see popular Broadway shows that are not offering discounted tickets, so the booth can act as a source of “one-stop shopping” for those people.  The Full-Price Ticket Window will most likely be used primarily by tourists or non-locals who don’t realize that you can purchase full-price tickets directly at the show’s theater box office without waiting in the long line at TKTS.

The Stars Align for Make Believe on Broadway

Matthew Broderick

Only Make Believe, an organization that brings the magic of theatrical performance to hospital-bound children, presents its 13th annual gala benefit, Make Believe on Broadway, on November 5 at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.  Hosted by Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), the event will include the participation of numerous Broadway stars and will feature special honorees Sir Ian McKellen, Guy Chiarello, and Petra Nemcova.

The long list of Broadway actors and singers who will participate in the evening’s special performance includes Matthew Broderick (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess), Ashley Brown (the original Mary Poppins), Derrick Baskin (Memphis), John Eric Parker (The Book of Mormon), Jay Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody), and many more.

Only Make Believe, founded by Dena Hammerstein, launched in 1999 at Rusk Institute’s Pediatric Unit.  Since then, the organization has brought interactive theater featuring professional actors to more than 25,000 children in dozens of hospitals–free of charge.

There are a limited number of tickets available for the Make Believe On Broadway benefit.  To purchase, click here.

Peter and the Starcatcher Celebrates Movember

A behind-the-scenes team from Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher is going to be helping raise both funds and awareness for men’s health issues by taking part in “Movember”, an annual event in which men spend the month of November growing out their mustaches (mo’s, for short).  The show decided to participate in honor of one of their main characters, Black Stache, the villainous pirate with a great black mustache.

The actual cast of Peter and the Starcatcher can’t participate because they have to be able to maintain a consistent onstage look, but several crew members and even the executive producers have made the committment to start out clean shaven on November 1 and then grow the biggest, most beautiful mustaches possible.  The Peter and the Starcatcher team is also encouraging their fans and the general public to be “Mo Bros”.   Learn how you can both join and support the team here:

“Movember” was created as a way of raising awareness about health issues of concern to men, particularly prostate cancer and testicular cancer.  People can register to participate at

Nathan Lane Returns To Broadway in the Spring

Broadway star Nathan Lane will return to the Great White Way this spring in a new play by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu) called The Nance.  Directed by Jack O’Brien and produced by Lincoln Center Theater, The Nance will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on March 21, with opening night set for April 15.

Set in 1930s New York, The Nance is about a popular burlesque sketch performer named Chauncey Miles (Nathan Lane), who plays a stereotypically camp character onstage, but must remain secretive about his real-life homosexuality offstage.

Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane was last seen on Broadway in the musical The Addams Family.  Among his many other Broadway credits are Guys and Dolls, Waiting For Godot, The Odd Couple, and, of course, the smash hit The Producers.  Lane is currently guest starring on TV’s The Good Wife, which films in New York City.

Barry Manilow To Play Broadway

Barry Manilow

Following in the steps of other crooners that have recently taken on Broadway, such as Harry Connick Jr. and Frankie Valli, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Barry Manilow is coming to Broadway’s St. James Theatre in early 2013 with Manilow on Broadway.  Manilow’s Broadway concert engagement is scheduled to include a total of 17 performances, taking place from January 18 to February 9.  The official opening night will take place on January 24.

New York City native Barry Manilow, who has sold approximately 80 million records over the years, is no stranger to musical theater, having penned the scores to musicals Copacabana and Harmony.  But he is best known for his multitudes of chart-topping pop hits, particularly in the late ’70s and early ’80s.  Manilow’s most loved songs include “Mandy,” “Could It Be Magic,” “Copacabana (At the Copa)”, and “Looks Like We Made It”.

Referring to his upcoming Broadway concerts, Barry Manilow has stated that, “Growing up in New York, Broadway has always held a special place in my heart and I am honored to have the opportunity to make the St. James Theatre my home in the New Year.”  For Manilow on Broadway tickets and to learn more about the concert, visit

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/21/2012


Broadway saw a bigger leap in total ticket sales this past week, as the revenue surged from $20,614,956 to $22,023,787.  Some of that is due to increased interest in existing shows, but most of the increase comes as a result of three new Broadway shows appearing on the boards this week.

David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross made an impressive debut, selling 99.88% of the theater at an average paid admission of a whopping $164.47 (second only to The Book of Mormon, at $189.13 per ticket).  These numbers would normally be considered extraordinary for a revival of a Broadway play, but they are a little less surprising when you consider Glengarry Glen Ross stars the legendary actor Al Pacino.

Another newcomer, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway, also showed enviable numbers, filling the Broadway Theatre to 96.10% capacity, with an average paid admission of $125.00.  This limited-run concert event is not only a big draw for fans of 1960s pop music, but it is also no doubt bringing in fans of the hit musical Jersey Boys who appreciate the opportunity to see the real-life Jersey boy Frankie Valli singing live on Broadway. The show doesn’t have any of the other members of the original singing group other than Mr Valli, but fans don’t seem to care, driving the show to robust ticket sales.

The third new Broadway show this week, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, did not make as big of an impression, but it has not yet had enough performances to give a very clear sense of what kind of ticket sales it might have (hence the very small gross of $176,694).  So far, though, it is filling at 86.72% at a very low average paid admission ticket price of $41.12.  This musical, based on an unfinished Charles Dickens novel, rarely gets produced and has a clever gimmick of allowing the audience to choose the ending, so it could easily benefit from positive word-of-mouth as Broadway previews continue.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending October 21, 2012:


Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w-e 10-21-12

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE $217,806 3,803 73.82% $57.27
ANNIE $733,956 10,335 77.45% $71.02
BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL $393,195 6,198 58.08% $63.44
CHAPLIN $514,816 6,514 77.92% $79.03
CHICAGO $666,105 7,985 92.42% $83.42
CYRANO DE BERGERAC $249,257 4,243 72.85% $58.75
EVITA $1,198,969 11,206 86.90% $106.99
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS $703,775 4,279 99.88% $164.47
GRACE $554,173 6,659 77.14% $83.22
JERSEY BOYS $1,058,814 9,685 98.59% $109.33
MAMMA MIA! $854,181 9,760 81.44% $87.52
MARY POPPINS $740,217 10,904 75.85% $67.88
NEWSIES $921,648 9,562 100.02% $96.39
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $1,105,092 10,762 93.49% $102.68
ONCE $1,063,940 8,547 100.98% $124.48
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER $413,479 6,177 74.39% $66.94
ROCK OF AGES $521,696 4,604 98.71% $113.31
RUNNING ON EMPTY $254,816 2,801 101.05% $90.97
SCANDALOUS $241,613 6,233 65.86% $38.76
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,321,997 13,071 84.66% $101.14
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,655,294 8,752 102.63% $189.13
THE HEIRESS $507,850 5,888 88.08% $86.25
THE LION KING $1,718,718 13,303 99.16% $129.20
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $176,694 4,297 86.72% $41.12
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $899,485 11,518 89.70% $78.09
WAR HORSE $662,956 7,578 88.61% $87.48
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $322,346 4,156 75.92% $77.56
WICKED $1,717,002 14,458 99.90% $118.76
Total: $22,023,787 228,349 86.84% $93.09

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League
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