Manilow on Broadway Adds Performances

Singer Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

Grammy Award winning songwriter and performer Barry Manilow has had to add performances to his upcoming Broadway run at the St. James Theatre. The limited engagement originally set by the music icon for his show Manilow on Broadway apparently wasn’t enough for his fans, so two additional weeks have been added to the schedule and those tickets are now on sale through Telecharge.

A native of Brooklyn, Manilow attended New York College of Music and Juilliard. Today he has the distinction of being the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, having had an incredible 25 consecutive Top 40 hits from 1975 to 1983. Among the songs that he is mosted noted for are “Looks Like We Made It,” “Even Now,” “Could It Be Magic,” “Copacabana (At the Copa),” and “Mandy”.

Manilow on Broadway begins on Broadway on January 18, with opening night on January 24. The Broadway concert event will play a limited engagement running through February 23. Tickets are $50-$350. Visit to find out more.

Les Miserables Movie Receives 8 Oscar Nominations

Les MiserablesThe new film version of the stage phenomenon Les Miserables, which opened to excellent box office on Christmas Day, fared well today on the awards level when the Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. Les Miserables nabbed a total of eight Oscar nominations, including the most coveted award, Best Picture.

The nominations that Les Miserables received were mostly as expected. The greatest amount of buzz has surrounded Hugh Jackman (as Jean Valjean) and Anne Hathaway (as Fantine), and they earned the movie musical’s only two acting nods, for Best Performance By a Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

As a period piece, it’s not surprising that Les Miserables took nominations for Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Given that it’s a musical, and one that notably used the unusual technique of live singing, it also is no surprise that it got a Best Sound Mixing nod.

Perhaps the biggest shoo-in for a nomination was composer/lyricist team Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer for Best Original Song. As has become tradition for film musicals, the team especially wrote a number, “Suddenly” (sung by Hugh Jackman), for the movie, in the hopes of getting the Oscar nomination for original song — and they did.

Broadway Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook Planned for January 28


Brian Stokes Mitchell singer actor red carpetBroadway stars are coming out for From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook, which will be held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut on January 28 at 7:00pm. This special event will put performers from the New York theater world alongside students from Newtown based dance groups and choirs.

The Broadway actors and singers scheduled to participate in From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook include Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Michael Cerveris, Christine Ebersole, Richard Kind, Andrea McArdle, Nikki Blonsky, Robin de Jesus, Julia Murney, Micky Dolenz, and Seth Rudetsky, along with Wicked composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn, Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman, and members from the casts of former Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet.

The idea of a Broadway benefit concert for Sandy Hook was conceived by Broadway producer Van Dean and Foreverman author Brett Boles, who both come from the Newtown area. Dean stated that “The outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community has been incredibly heartwarming, and everyone was looking for a way they could use their talents to bring something positive to the community. From Broadway With Love provides them with the perfect outlet to do so.”

The Palace Theater, which seats more than 2,500 people, will be filled mostly with impacted families, members of the Sandy Hook Elementary community, and first responders, who are invited to enjoy this night of entertainment for free. But there will also be a limited number of tickets sold for $50-$250. Visit for more information.

Mary Poppins To Close, Possibly Making Way for Broadway Aladdin

Mary Poppins Broadway Musical disney blue black red Everybody’s favorite nanny is leaving Broadway as Mary Poppins has announced its plans to close on March 3. The Disney musical, which opened on Broadway in 2006, will have played 2,619 performances by the time it closes. And soon it will be seen everywhere when Music Theatre International starts licensing productions throughout North America.

Mary Poppins producer Thomas Schumacher stated that “The show’s extraordinary success is due to the 500 plus actors, musicians and stagehands who have brought the show to magical life on Broadway and, most importantly, to the audiences who have fallen in love with Mary, Bert and the Banks family every night. We thank them and New York for six tremendous years.”

It is expected that Disney plans on bringing yet another of their famous movie properties, Aladdin, to the New Amsterdam Theatre soon. Disney has already debuted their new stage version of Aladdin at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in a production directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, who helmed Broadway’s The Book of Mormon.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/6/2013


Broadway came back down to earth this week, following a spectacular rise in ticket sales during Christmas Week that brought revenue up over 37 million.  Coming in at a total ticket revenue of $24,501,265 this week, Broadway still enjoyed healthy sales as a result of still-high tourist and holiday-going traffic during New Year’s.  Unfortunately, as Broadway settles into the traditionally slow months of January and February, it’s likely only downhill from here.

There were five Broadway shows that concluded their runs at the end of this past week, which is no surprise since many struggling shows will often play through the holidays then close in January as ticket buyers rapidly disappear. Long-running favorite War Horse went out with a bang, almost selling out at 99.03% capacity.  Musicals Chaplin and Elf did respectably, with each filling roughly 80% of their theaters and earning average paid admissions of just over $75.  The play Grace took in a total of $418,788 in ticket sales, which was more than most Broadway plays.  The Katie Holmes starring play Dead Accounts, however, didn’t do as well, only filling to 44.92% capacity; however, the average paid admission was fairly good at $70.96.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending January 6, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name Gross Attendance Capacity AvgPaidAdm
ANNIE $1,252,683 12,570 91.99% $99.66
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $761,845 8,289 74.86% $91.91
CHAPLIN $509,381 6,776 81.05% $75.17
CHICAGO $758,785 7,955 92.07% $95.38
DEAD ACCOUNTS $254,255 3,583 44.92% $70.96
ELF $696,616 9,012 79.11% $77.30
EVITA $1,091,836 11,229 87.07% $97.23
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS $687,771 4,792 89.57% $143.52
GOLDEN BOY $329,636 4,884 62.81% $67.49
GRACE $418,788 5,781 67.35% $72.44
JERSEY BOYS $1,112,848 9,509 96.79% $117.03
MAMMA MIA! $869,907 9,185 87.59% $94.71
MARY POPPINS $1,028,946 12,896 89.71% $79.79
NEWSIES $998,814 9,608 100.50% $103.96
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $796,705 8,779 76.26% $90.75
ONCE $956,660 7,539 101.80% $126.89
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER $519,744 6,571 79.13% $79.10
PICNIC $184,458 3,951 66.74% $46.69
ROCK OF AGES $473,248 3,881 95.10% $121.94
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,636,789 13,709 88.79% $119.40
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,833,432 8,752 102.63% $209.49
THE HEIRESS $380,424 4,851 63.76% $78.42
THE LION KING $2,017,921 13,421 100.04% $150.36
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $396,214 6,186 77.02% $64.05
THE OTHER PLACE $167,770 4,477 86.90% $37.47
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,052,613 11,042 98.28% $95.33
WAR HORSE $948,043 8,469 99.03% $111.94
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $258,795 3,115 57.05% $83.08
WICKED $2,106,339 14,420 99.64% $146.07
Total $24,501,265 235,232 84.05% $98.19

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

Five Broadway Shows Close Today

War Horse Broadway ShowSeveral Broadway shows end their runs today. After taking advantage of the holiday crowds over Christmas and New Year’s, these Broadway shows determined that it wouldn’t be worth it to continue running through the traditionally slow months of January and February. Of the five, Elf was the only holiday-specific show and had no reason to run any longer, though it may return to Broadway again next Christmas.

Dead Accounts and Grace were the only two straight plays among today’s Broadway closures. Despite boasting film stars (Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts and Paul Rudd in Grace) in their casts, both shows struggled to sell more than a middling number of tickets throughout late autumn and early winter.

A play with music, War Horse was a popular and highly acclaimed show that enjoyed a healthy run but decided to close once ticket sales were starting to run out of steam. Chaplin, on the other hand, one of the first musicals to open this season, had a difficult time during its entire run. Leading man Rob McClure enjoyed a great deal of positive buzz for his performance, but it wasn’t quite enough to create the great reviews and sensational word-of-mouth that a new musical typically needs to succeed.

Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo To Star in HBO’s The Normal Heart

actress Julia Roberts red carpet blackLarry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart, which had a Tony Award-winning revival on Broadway in 2011, will finally make it to the screen in a HBO television film starring Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), and Matt Bomer (Magic Mike, TV’s White Collar).  Kramer has written the film adaptation of his drama, and Ryan Murphy (Glee, Eat Pray Love) will direct.

HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo stated, “Ryan has assembled an extraordinary cast to bring Larry Kramer’s landmark theatrical achievement to the screen for the first time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this important film to HBO.”  The movie is expected to debut on HBO in 2014.

In The Normal Heart, Mark Ruffalo will star as Ned Weeks, an activist who struggles to communicate the dangers of the burgeoning AIDS epidemic to the community as it first begins to unfold in the early 1980s.  Julia Roberts will take on the role of Dr. Emma Brookner, a doctor who treats many of the earliest AIDS victims.

Rebecca Producers Still Planning For Broadway

Rebecca Broadway ShowFew musicals have had as rocky a road to Broadway as Rebecca. The initial Broadway production was postponed in 2011, only to be delayed in 2012 and ultimately postponed again when funding fell through. A remarkable scandal ensued involving a phantom investor, making it seem that Rebecca was doomed to never secure the financing it needed to get to Broadway. But the show’s producers have now announced that despite the many obstacles they have encountered, they’ve not given up on bringing it to Broadway.

Rebecca‘s lead producer, Ben Sprecher, says that he and the show’s producers still have the rights to present it on Broadway in 2013, so they are hoping to finally get the show onstage before the end of the year. The production’s directors and designers are still attached, and there are plans to ask the previously announced performers back to the production. Though the drama surrounding the production may have seemed to put a black mark on it, Sprecher has said that in reality it gave them a great deal of publicity that helped to bring in more financing.

Based on the Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, Rebecca is an eerie and mysterious romance about a young woman who marries a wealthy man with a secret past. It is widely known from the Alfred Hitchock film version starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

Peter and the Starcatcher Will Transfer To Off-Broadway

Peter and the Starcatcher supports MovemberPeter and the Starcatcher may be ending its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on January 20, but it turns out that the play with music still has life in it yet. The show’s producers just announced that Peter and the Starcatcher will continue life Off-Broadway. Not surprisingly, the production will transfer to the premiere venue for Broadway to Off-Broadway transfers, New World Stages.

Located in midtown Manhattan, just a stone’s throw from most of the Broadway theaters, New World Stages is an ideal venue for shows like Peter and the Starcatcher, which have enjoyed steady popularity but can’t quite sell enough tickets to make a profit in a Broadway house. Peter follows in the footsteps of such Broadway to Off-Broadway transfers as Rent, The 39 Steps, Million Dollar Quartet, and Avenue Q, which all moved to New World Stages (Avenue Q is still playing there on Stage 3).

Exact opening dates and casting information have yet to be announced, but Peter and the Starcatcher is expected to start performances in its new home this coming March.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/30/2012

It was a very merry Christmas on Broadway, as ticket sales on the Great White Way went through the roof during Christmas week.  Coming in at a total of $37,441,497, Christmas week actually exceeded the (already quite impressive) Thanksgiving week sales by more than $10 million.  The combination of tourist dollars, families in search of something to do with their relatives in town, special matinee performances geared towards the holiday crowd, and the willingness of many people to pay premium ticket prices as a Christmas treat all meant big bucks at the box office for Broadway.

A total of five Broadway musicals managed to make it over the two million mark, which is no easy feat.  Annie, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Wicked were the chosen few to rake in that much cash, with Wicked coming extremely close to hitting a whopping $3 million ($2,947,172).  Though Wicked grabbed the week’s top spot in total revenue, The Book of Mormon had the highest average paid admission, which was an incredible $219.24 per ticket.

Spider-man Turn Off the Dark did extremely well this past week almost doubling their gross ticket sales (in dollars) from last week’s $1,471,237 to $2,716,990. The extreme increase in ticket sales could be due to the Holidays.  Kids (who seem to be the target market) are out of school for the Holiday break.  As a result, the broadway show increased the total attendance from 12,386 to 16,946.  Another factor that resulted in this large increase in gross ticket sales would be the increase in ticket price. The Holidays allow shows to sell Broadway tickets at a higher price because there are more buyers than tickets allowing a show to continue to raise their ticket price until the market cannot tolerate the price point.
On Broadway, tickets further from the stage are traditionally lower in price the further back you go. Spider-Man’s ticket pricing, however, at the Foxwoods theatre in New York City bucks this trend with seats in random locations around the theatre, priced considerably higher than their adjacent seats because Spiderman will land in the area close to them. For example, half the seats in the flying circle (the quaint British name for the mezzanine) are being priced at $300 face value, compared to an adjacent seat at $159 at the same show. Also some random seats in the Orchestra are priced at $349, with adjacent seats being $299. Patrons of the show who sit in these seats are provided with an incomparable and unique experience that they cannot find with any other Broadway show.

The two Broadway shows that finished their runs at the end of this past week, Bring It On: The Musical and A Christmas Story, both enjoyed great ticket sales their final week.  Both shows filled their theaters to more than 97% capacity, with A Christmas Story getting an excellent $131.67 average paid admission (helped no doubt by its being a holiday-themed family show) and Bring It On earning a solid average of $96.39 per admission.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending December 30, 2012:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis


Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
A CHRISTMAS STORY $1,558,922 11,840 97.69% $131.67
ANNIE $2,054,848 14,862 96.68% $138.26
BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL $1,002,121 10,396 97.41% $96.39
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $966,948 9,040 81.65% $106.96
CHAPLIN $558,368 6,885 82.36% $81.10
CHICAGO $1,174,672 9,866 101.50% $119.06
DEAD ACCOUNTS $327,803 3,832 48.04% $85.54
ELF $1,267,397 10,815 84.39% $117.19
EVITA $1,548,991 11,249 87.23% $137.70
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS $1,228,867 7,539 100.65% $163.00
GOLDEN BOY $396,424 5,442 69.98% $72.85
GRACE $445,047 5,648 58.49% $78.80
JERSEY BOYS $1,367,678 9,771 99.46% $139.97
MAMMA MIA! $1,439,211 12,572 93.25% $114.48
MARY POPPINS $1,487,252 14,062 97.82% $105.76
NEWSIES $1,396,734 10,845 100.84% $128.79
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $1,265,146 11,231 86.72% $112.65
ONCE $1,446,088 9,696 101.83% $149.14
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER $768,302 7,793 93.85% $98.59
PICNIC $154,501 3,687 62.28% $41.90
ROCK OF AGES $744,667 5,155 98.25% $144.46
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $2,716,990 16,946 114.83% $136.22
THE BOOK OF MORMON $2,158,595 9,846 102.63% $219.24
THE HEIRESS $496,204 5,205 60.81% $95.33
THE LION KING $2,666,616 15,097 100.03% $176.63
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $560,100 6,983 86.94% $80.21
THE OTHER PLACE $158,737 3,203 71.05% $49.56
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,751,458 14,646 101.39% $119.59
WAR HORSE $1,041,448 8,326 97.36% $125.08
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $344,190 3,673 58.86% $93.71
WICKED $2,947,172 16,281 100.00% $181.02
Total: $37,441,497 292,432 88.20% $117.45

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