Broadway and the Snow Storm

snowflakeNew York City is getting slammed with a snow storm this weekend, and many Broadway ticket holders are wondering if their shows will be canceled.  Traditionally, Broadway has tended to stay open even during snow storms, as long as public transportation is still running.

To keep up to date with the latest on Broadway’s status during the storm, visit www.BroadwayLeague.com.  If Broadway shows are canceled, they will make a formal announcement on that website.  If your show is not canceled, but you still can’t make it to the theater, contact your point-of-purchase to see if they can exchange your tickets.

Jersey Boys Celebrates 3,000th Broadway Performance

Jersey Boys Broadway ShowThe performance of Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre tonight marks a major milestone for the hit Broadway musical.  Jersey Boys will be having its 3,000th performance, which is quite a feat for a Broadway show.

Although it began previews quietly, Jersey Boys quickly began generating buzz when it came to Broadway in 2005 and opened to great reviews. The Tony Award winning mega-hit is #18 on the list of longest-running shows in the history of Broadway.

Jersey Boys tells the true-life story of the formation and success of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the pop group responsible for numerous hit songs, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Oh What a Night”.  The production’s original Frankie Valli, John Lloyd Young, recently returned to Jersey Boys on Broadway, and is currently singing
alongside Matt Bogart, Jeremy Kushnier, and Drew Gehling.

Broadway-Bound Motown Has Found Its Young Michael Jackson

Jibreel Mawry

Jibreel Mawry

Motown the Musical, the new Broadway musical that tells the story of Motown Records and its founder Berry Gordy, has found the talented young actors who will play youthful versions of Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Jibreel Mawry and Raymond Luke Jr., who were found during a country-wide casting search, will share the three roles in Motown the Musical.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical features many hits from Motown Records’ incredible catalog, which includes music by legends such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and of course Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

Motown the Musical is set to begin preview performances at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 11, with an official opening night set for April 14.

Music of Gloria Estefan To Feature in Broadway Musical

Gloria EstefanThe music of Grammy Award winning pop star Gloria Estefan will serve as the inspiration for a forthcoming Broadway musical to be developed by Broadway’s Nederlander Organization in association with Estefan Enterprises. The musical will tell the story of Gloria and her musician/producer husband Emilio Estefan, who journeyed from Cuba to music superstardom.

“We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality,” stated the Estefans. “Our music has been a true reflection of who we are, where we came from and the journey that has brought us to where we are today.”

Bearing a reputation as the “Queen of Latin Pop,” Gloria Estefan has had several hit songs, including “The Rhythm is Going To Get You,” “Conga,” “1, 2, 3,” and the Academy Award nominated “Music of My Heart”.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 2/3/2013

Manilow on BroadwaySLIGHT DECREASE IN OVERALL BROADWAY SALES
This week Broadway saw a small decrease in total ticket revenue, dipping to an overall take of $16,564,311, down from $17,182,845 the previous week. This is the lowest amount that Broadway has earned in total ticket sales since the week ending 11/4/2012, when Broadway sales were at approximately 13 and a half million due to the after-effects of the destructive
super-storm Sandy.

BARRY MANILOW ON BROADWAY
New York native Barry Manilow has returned to his hometown and taken over a Broadway theater for a limited engagement. The pop icon had to cancel a few performances of Manilow on Broadway due to sickness, making for a rocky start, but nonetheless he enjoyed great total sales of $796,714 at an average paid admission of $119.61. Barry Manilow does not necessarily command a huge percentage of the traditional Broadway audience, but enough “fanilows” came out to fill 81.68% of the theater.

SALES FOR CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF FALL
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been seeing its initially strong numbers falling over the last few weeks. For a classic play revival, an average paid admission of $98.41 is perfectly respectable, but this particular revival happens to feature film star Scarlett Johansson, making it surprising that the theater was only at 66.39% capacity this week. Part of the problem is
no doubt due to the winter blues, but it also may be that Broadway is less hospitable to big stars in plays than it has been in the past, as we saw the Katie Holmes-starring Dead Accounts also bring in poor numbers last fall. Grace, starring Paul Rudd, also under-performed earlier in the season.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending February 3, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANNIE 821,246.00 9,870 72.23% $83.21
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF 723,430.50 7,351 66.39% $98.41
CHICAGO 448,439.60 6,079 70.36% $73.77
CINDERELLA 950,035.25 11,471 96.62% $82.82
JERSEY BOYS 779,681.99 8,322 84.71% $93.69
MAMMA MIA! 575,932.34 8,091 67.52% $71.18
MANILOW ON BROADWAY 796,714.00 6,661 81.68% $119.61
MARY POPPINS 708,354.50 10,232 71.17% $69.23
NEWSIES 756,382.90 8,596 89.92% $87.99
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT 656,108.00 7,914 68.75% $82.90
ONCE 922,096.93 8,301 98.07% $111.08
PICNIC 256,119.95 4,327 73.09% $59.19
ROCK OF AGES 367,947.00 4,114 88.21% $89.44
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK 1,008,401.75 11,995 77.69% $84.07
THE BOOK OF MORMON 1,635,426.13 8,752 102.63% $186.86
THE HEIRESS 673,936.77 7,286 95.77% $92.50
THE LION KING 1,395,073.00 12,800 95.41% $108.99
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD 345,209.33 5,753 71.63% $60.01
THE OTHER PLACE 300,190.00 4,400 85.41% $68.23
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 748,948.69 10,511 81.86% $71.25
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? 275,387.50 3,942 72.20% $69.86
WICKED 1,419,249.00 14,091 97.37% $100.72
Total $16,564,311.13 180,859 82.21% $89.3186

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

New Documentary About Broadway’s American Idiot To Debut

Broadway IdiotAmerican Idiot closed on Broadway sometime ago, but having gained a lot of fans during its time on the New York stage, the show is far from forgotten.  A new documentary called Broadway Idiot, which follows the show’s progression to Broadway, will soon debut at the famed South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Directed by Doug Hamilton, Broadway Idiot is an 80-minute documentary that takes the viewer along with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong as he goes from performing with his band at Madison Square Garden to actually seeing their hit album American Idiot come to life on the Broadway stage.  The film offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it took to make a rock record into a Broadway show and how Armstrong was himself changed by his entry into the Broadway theater world.

Broadway Idiot will debut at South by Southwest on March 15, 2013.  Learn more about the documentary here.

Stage Stars Uncover Shakespeare

Jeremy IronsThe new PBS special Shakespeare Uncovered features several esteemed stage performers and directors exploring the genius of William Shakespeare, still regarded as the English-speaking world’s greatest playwright after 400 years.  Combining biography, history, play analysis, actual performances of the text, and personal thoughts by the series’ various celebrity hosts, Shakespeare Uncovered is designed to share the brilliance of Shakespearean theater with new generations.

In Shakespeare Uncovered, Ethan Hawke takes on Macbeth, Derek Jacobi shows audiences the power of Richard II, Jeremy Irons talks about Henry IV and Henry V, David Tennant tackles Hamlet (which he recently played to acclaim on the London stage), Trevor Nunn reveals The Tempest, and Joely Richardson looks at Shakespeare’s beloved comedies.

To find out more about Shakespeare Uncovered and to view entire episodes online, visit video.pbs.org/program/shakespeare-uncovered.

Carnegie Hall To Feature Broadway’s Favorite Divas

Kristin ChenowethTwo of Broadway’s favorite leading ladies will be gracing New York City cultural institution Carnegie Hall in the 2013-2014 season.

Two-time Tony Award winning actress and singer Patti Lupone, who was recently on Broadway in a non-singing role in David Mamet’s The Anarchist, will perform there on November 7, 2013 in a concert entitled “Far Away Places”. The one-night-only event will be a sort of travelogue that presents songs in different styles that tell different stories, including numbers by composers ranging from Cole Porter to Kurt Weill.

Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, best known for her role in Broadway’s mega-hit musical Wicked, will visit Carnegie Hall on May 3, 2014. The performance will be called “Evolution of a Soprano”.  Visit www.carnegiehall.org to find out more information, including ticket availability.