Patti Lupone Concert Now Online

Though her current Broadway role (in David Mamet’s play, The Anarchist, closing December 16) is a non-singing one, Patti Lupone can still be seen showing off her pipes in a new concert now available for viewing online.  Filmed during four shows at Provincetown’s Art House this past summer, An Evening With Patti Lupone can be purchased for unlimited viewing for just $10 at

The original Evita, Patti Lupone has won two Tony Awards and is beloved by musical theater fans for her incredible voice.  Performer/music director Seth Rudetsky, who accompanied Lupone on piano for the concert and is broadcasting it on his website, said that, “I’ve always been obsessed with Patti and this concert is a dream come true.  She sang so many of her classic songs … in the original keys!  Her voice is flawless.”

“I did not expect to have as much fun as I did,” said Patti LuPone about the concerts. “It made me feel like I was 20 again, or whatever age I was when I played those parts.”  An Evening with Patti Lupone, which also includes a candid interview with Lupone, has a running time of 104 minutes.  You can view a three-minute clip of the concert at before deciding whether or not to purchase the full viewing.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/9/2012

The total Broadway ticket sales for this past week rose from $22,154,853 to $23,837,823.  As an infusion of holiday tourists are enjoying the delights of Christmas in New York City, many of them are including a trip to at least one Broadway show on their itinerary, making the producers to many Broadway musicals and plays quite happy.

Even in its final week on Broadway, Kathie Lee Gifford’s musical Scandalous ended its run with the worst gross on Broadway, only earning $177,438.  Reviews were largely negative, but the show’s quick demise is a misfortune for the musical’s star, the very talented Broadway stalwart Carolee Carmello, and for the audiences who are missing the chance to see her in a starring role.

With the exception of the highly lucrative Thanksgiving week, Annie and A Christmas Story had not been topping the million dollar mark, but that changed this week.  Both musicals enjoyed entry into the millionaires’ club, no doubt to do their family-friendly holiday appeal, making them ideal choices for vacationing families looking for a Broadway show to see.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending December 9, 2012:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name Gross Attendance Capacity Avg Paid
A CHRISTMAS STORY $1,130,429 11,517 95.02% $98.15
ANNIE $1,058,727 11,300 82.70% $93.69
BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL $451,614 6,593 61.78% $68.50
CHAPLIN $382,852 5,007 59.89% $76.46
CHICAGO $535,666 6,109 70.71% $87.68
DEAD ACCOUNTS $436,664 4,767 59.06% $91.60
ELF $994,479 9,653 84.73% $103.02
EVITA $920,994 8,243 63.92% $111.73
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS $1,181,244 8,239 96.16% $143.37
GOLDEN BOY $222,902 5,126 64.72% $43.48
GRACE $351,456 4,391 50.87% $80.04
JERSEY BOYS $1,080,834 9,040 92.02% $119.56
MAMMA MIA! $668,042 7,883 65.78% $84.74
MARY POPPINS $780,056 9,831 68.38% $79.35
NEWSIES $908,298 8,852 92.59% $102.61
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $1,064,228 9,735 84.56% $109.32
ONCE $1,092,379 8,456 99.91% $129.18
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER $341,942 5,773 69.52% $59.23
ROCK OF AGES $500,557 4,351 93.29% $115.04
SCANDALOUS $177,438 3,946 36.16% $44.97
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,219,093 11,947 77.38% $102.04
THE ANARCHIST $335,045 4,369 68.10% $76.69
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,689,972 8,752 102.63% $193.10
THE HEIRESS $533,874 5,399 70.96% $98.88
THE LION KING $1,833,258 13,164 98.12% $139.26
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $398,767 6,491 80.81% $61.43
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $758,912 9,239 71.95% $82.14
WAR HORSE $698,128 7,964 93.12% $87.66
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $264,854 2,921 53.36% $90.67
WICKED $1,825,121 13,043 90.13% $139.93
Total:  $23,837,823 232,101 76.61% $97.12

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League
All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2012

The Honeymooners Becoming a Musical

Michael McGrath

The famed 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners will step onto the musical theater stage in September 2013 at The Old Globe in San Diego.  This new musical version of The Honeymooners features a book by Bill Nuss and Dusty Kay, lyrics by Peter Mills, and music by Stephen Weiner.  Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, The Full Monty) will serve as both director and choreographer.

Taking on the iconic role of Ralph Kramden, made famous by Jackie Gleason, is Michael McGrath, the actor who recently won a Tony Award for his performance as a tough guy bootlegger in Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway.

The musical features the classic TV show’s beloved characters, Ralph, his wife Alice, Ralph’s best friend Ed Norton and Ed’s wife Trixie.  However, the musical’s plot is an original storyline in which Ralph and Ed enter a jingle competition and, surprisingly, they win, bringing the blue collar Brooklyn guys into the world of Madison Avenue.

A Very Broadway Christmas CD Now Available

Matthew Morrison

For musical theater fans looking to celebrate the holidays with some Broadway flair, there is the new “A Very Broadway Christmas” CD.  Broadway performers like Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, TV’s Glee), Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Stephanie J. Block (currently on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family, TV’s Smash) and Cathy Rigby (Peter Pan) are among those lending their voices to this recording.

The 13-track CD includes Christmas classics like “Oh Holy Night” and “Let It Snow,” alongside new and lesser-known holiday tunes.  The recording also includes impressionist Rich Little delivering a reading of “The Night Before Christmas”.

Visit to buy your copy of “A Very Broadway Christmas”.  Part of the proceeds from sales of the CD will go to schools in Union Beach, New Jersey that lost their musical instruments and had to cancel music programs and classes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly 4 Million Raised for Broadway Cares

The 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition took place on December 4 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and during the event it was announced that $3,902,608 was raised for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Each autumn, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as national Broadway tours, participate in six weeks of fundraising for the charity, which culminates in the Gypsy of the Year Competition, an event that gives the companies of many shows the opportunity to perform songs, dance pieces, and original comedy sketches.

Ricky Martin, Katie Holmes, and Chita Rivera were on hand to announce the top fundraisers.  The show that raised the most money for BC/EFA was the national touring company of The Book of Mormon, which brought in $478,130.  The top fundraiser on Broadway was the Tony Award-winning musical Once ($232,770), while Avenue Q ($24,940) raised the most among Off-Broadway shows.

The Lion King company was recognized as having the best onstage presentation at the event for a piece that was choreographed by Ray Mercer.  Bring It On: The Musical was the runner-up for its high-flying hip-hop number.


James Barbour Hosts Holiday Concerts Dec 6-8

Broadway leading man James Barbour (A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre) presents his fifth annual holiday season concert series at Sardi’s, December 6-8.  Under the musical direction of Jeremy Roberts, the concerts will feature Barbour singing a mix of holiday music and beloved Broadway ballads in his warm, beautiful baritone voice.  He will also be singing songs from his CD, “Bring Me Giants”.

Each holiday concert begins at 9pm and will take place at the legendary Broadway establishment Sardi’s, located at 234 West 44th Street (2nd floor).  Tickets are priced at $25, $45, and $65, and are available through or by calling 212-868-4444.

A special “Santa Seating Gift Give Away” is being introduced this year.  At each evening’s concert, a Kindle Fire will be given to one lucky guest.

Cicely Tyson Coming Back to Broadway

Cicely Tyson

Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Sounder) will be coming back to the Broadway stage for the first time in 30 years in a new production of Horton Foote’s play The Trip to Bountiful, which will begin a limited 14-week run on March 31, 2013 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.  The production will be directed by Michael Wilson.

Cicely Tyson will take on the role of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who hopes to return to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, but finds resistance in the form of her over-protective son and daughter-in-law.  “In many ways Broadway is my Bountiful,” stated Tyson, “and I’m eager and honored to return with this strong, passionate, and funny character in a timeless American classic.”

Tyson was last seen on Broadway in the 1983 revival of The Corn is Green.  Among her many other Broadway credits are Trumpets of the Lord, The Cool World, and Jolly’s Progress.  Cicely Tyson’s TV credits include the acclaimed mini-series Roots and her film credits include The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Fried Green Tomatoes, Madea’s Family Reunion, and The Help.

Scandalous and Chaplin Announce Closing

Two of the Broadway fall season’s new musicals, Scandalous and Chaplin, have announced closing dates.  Chaplin, the bio-musical about the life and career of silent film star Charlie Chaplin, is going to hold out through the holiday season before closing on January 6, 2013.  Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, however, is only playing through the end of this week, concluding its run at the Neil Simon Theatre on December 9.

Both shows struggled throughout their runs to find an audience, which is often a problem for original Broadway musicals.  Of the two, Chaplin did better, which may have been due to a combination of fairly good reviews, the fact that the title character is a well-known figure, and the buzz surrounding star Rob McClure’s performance.

With the backing of Kathie Lee Gifford, who co-wrote and regularly plugged the show on TV, Scandalous was expected to perform better.  But the musical had a difficult time selling tickets.  At its lowest point, the average paid admission for the week only amounted to $23.77.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/2/2012

As expected, Broadway’s total ticket revenue was considerably lower this week than it was Thanksgiving week, since Broadway always experiences abnormally high ticket sales during that holiday.  However, this week’s total earnings on Broadway, which amounted to $22,154,853, were still very good.  In fact, excluding last week’s $27 million, that is the highest number Broadway has seen in total sales since August.  December is traditionally a very good time for The Great White Way, since Christmas season tourists flood New York City during this time.

This season, Broadway is hosting two musicals that are doing limited-run productions aimed squarely at the holiday theater-going crowd.  Both Elf and A Christmas Story (each based on well-loved holiday films) are enjoying solid sales, earning $845,719 and $976,184, respectively.  However, given their particularly Christmas-y themes and recognizable names, it’s surprising that they aren’t doing a bit better.  Elf, for instance, only filled its theater to 70% capacity, so the cheery musical could still stand to see better ticket sales.  A Christmas Story is doing better, though, filling to nearly 85% capacity.

Well-known shows like Chicago and Phantom, along with family-friendly fare like Annie and Spider-man are all wrangling to bring in the holiday visitors, and the results are rarely predictable.  While the youth-friendly Newsies is doing very well (filling at 88.86% capacity, with an average paid admission of $99), Disney’s Mary Poppins only filled 64.58% of its theater last week.  Long-running musical Jersey Boys is seeing better-than-usual sales, bringing in a total of $1,018,387 last week and filling to 89.45% capacity, while longtime tourist favorite Mamma Mia! only filled to 61.47%.  When push came to shove, though, the week’s winner in total sales was Wicked, followed very closely by risque hit The Book of Mormon, and perennial family favorite The Lion King.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending December 2, 2012:


Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analsis
Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
A CHRISTMAS STORY $976,184 10,196 84.13% $95.74
ANNIE $948,150 10,204 74.68% $92.92
BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL $391,162 5,906 55.34% $66.23
CHAPLIN $354,820 4,713 56.38% $75.29
CHICAGO $464,224 5,365 62.09% $86.53
DEAD ACCOUNTS $410,308 6,789 84.11% $60.44
ELF $845,719 8,971 70.00% $94.27
EVITA $846,483 8,087 62.71% $104.67
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS $1,177,056 7,590 101.24% $155.08
GOLDEN BOY $213,174 5,553 70.11% $38.39
GRACE $323,974 4,197 48.62% $77.19
JERSEY BOYS $1,018,387 8,788 89.45% $115.88
MAMMA MIA! $623,646 7,366 61.47% $84.67
MARY POPPINS $699,157 9,284 64.58% $75.31
NEWSIES $841,298 8,495 88.86% $99.03
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $897,600 8,408 73.04% $106.76
ONCE $1,046,542 8,073 95.38% $129.63
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER $289,982 5,176 62.33% $56.02
ROCK OF AGES $473,722 4,291 92.00% $110.40
SCANDALOUS $370,243 4,099 37.56% $90.33
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,098,685 10,598 68.64% $103.67
THE ANARCHIST $350,479 5,129 79.94% $68.33
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,672,310 8,752 102.63% $191.08
THE HEIRESS $546,017 5,417 71.20% $100.80
THE LION KING $1,647,968 12,607 93.97% $130.72
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $351,796 5,688 70.82% $61.85
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $682,365 8,591 66.91% $79.43
WAR HORSE $603,197 6,558 76.68% $91.98
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $293,426 3,317 60.60% $88.46
WICKED $1,696,781 12,403 85.70% $136.80
TOTAL:  $22,154,853 220,611 73.71% $95.60

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League
All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2012

Carrie Underwood To Star in TV Remake of The Sound of Music

Carrie Underwood

Maria von Trapp, the real-life woman first made famous onstage by Mary Martin and later made legendary by Julie Andrews on film, is now going to be played by Grammy Award-winner pop/country star and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood.  As previously announced, NBC will be airing a television version of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, and it has been announced that Underwood will star in the new movie musical.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (NBC’s Broadway-themed drama Smash) said, “We’re thrilled to be presenting the Broadway version of The Sound of Music live, and having Carrie Underwood as the star brings it to a new generation who will fall in love with it for the first time as many millions of people already have.”

The exact air date for The Sound of Music, which will be broadcast live, has not yet been set, but it is likely to be scheduled for the holidays in 2013.