Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 3/10/2013

There was an uptick in total Broadway ticket sales this week, with earnings rising from just a little above 17 million last week to $18,085,583.

So far Kinky Boots, which boasts a score by pop songstress Cyndi Lauper, is looking like one of the more promising new musicals of the season.  It began previews last week and enjoyed 100% attendance, and still saw an impressive 96.84% of the theater filled this week.  The actual ticket earnings are not nearly as good, coming in at $66.06 average paid admission this week, but so far there has been strong buzz indicating that the show is a crowd pleaser.

The musical Matilda, a hot property coming in from London, and the play Breakfast at Tiffany’s both began preview performances on Broadway this week.  Good word-of-mouth from the West End production helped fill Matilda to 96.10% capacity, with an average paid admission of $77.15.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s, based on the Truman Capote story, didn’t start off quite as well, earning just $57.05 per ticket, but 81.05% attendance isn’t bad for a new play. Another newcomer, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, saw a disappointing average admission of $54.79, but a healthy 88.66% of the theater filled.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending March 10, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $337,687 6,536 73.41% $51.67
ANNIE $790,117 9,786 71.62% $80.74
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S $349,270 6,122 81.05% $57.05
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $660,694 6,799 61.41% $97.18
CHICAGO $545,066 7,208 83.43% $75.62
CINDERELLA $1,107,158 11,973 100.85% $92.47
HANDS ON A HARDBODY $170,194 5,983 73.11% $28.45
JERSEY BOYS $817,456 7,952 80.94% $102.80
KINKY BOOTS $637,690 9,653 96.84% $66.06
LUCKY GUY $1,109,678 8,256 99.78% $134.41
MAMMA MIA! $696,102 8,788 74.27% $79.21
MATILDA $634,789 8,228 96.10% $77.15
NEWSIES $827,419 8,616 90.13% $96.03
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $636,493 7,321 63.59% $86.94
ONCE $908,016 8,242 97.38% $110.17
ROCK OF AGES $429,530 4,386 94.04% $97.93
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,023,945 11,926 77.24% $85.86
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,650,407 8,752 102.63% $188.57
THE LION KING $1,567,729 13,093 97.59% $119.74
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $352,386 5,894 73.38% $59.79
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $864,609 11,178 87.06% $77.35
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $305,840 5,582 88.66% $54.79
WICKED $1,663,310 14,330 99.02% $116.07
Total $18,085,583 196,604 85.37% $88.52

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

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Closes on Broadway

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Broadway MusicalFor the last time, The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be solved today, as the show’s audience votes whodunnit. The interactive musical, based on the unfinished Charles Dickens novel of the same name, has been delighting Roundabout Theatre Company audiences since October but is finally concluding its limited run at Studio 54.

Written by Rupert Holmes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood was first seen at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1985 before the production transferred to Broadway. The musical’s distinguishing feature has always been the fact that — in the spirit of the original novel’s lack of an ending — the show allows the audience to decide who committed the murder that forms the story’s central mystery.

Headed by Broadway legend Chita Rivera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood‘s cast includes Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton, Peter Benson, and Stephanie J. Block.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Star To Be New Annie

Quvenzhane WallisThe adorable actress Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), the youngest performer to receive a Lead Actress nomination in Oscar history, will take on the iconic role of Annie in the forthcoming remake of the movie musical. Will Smith and Jay-Z, who is expected to contribute additional songs, are serving as producers on the new Annie film.

“She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her,” stated Columbia Pictures president of production, Hannah Minghella.

Theater audiences are currently re-discovering Annie on Broadway, thanks to the hit revival playing at the Palace Theatre. The upcoming film version is anticipating a late 2014 release.

Edwin Drood Cast at Barnes & Noble March 8

Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes

The release of the Broadway cast recording for the current Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be celebrated at a special event being held at Barnes & Noble in New York City. Part of the “Live at Barnes and Noble” series, the release will take place at the Upper East Side location of B&N, situated at 150 E. 86th Street (at Lexington Avenue).

Scheduled for March 8 at 4:30pm, the Edwin Drood event will be hosted by the musical’s very own composer and lyricist, Rupert Holmes. The entire cast of the show will appear, with performances by Jessie Mueller, Stephanie J. Block, and Betsy Wolfe. Songs such as “The Writing on the Wall,” “Perfect Strangers,” and “Murderer’s Confession” are planned to be included in the performance.

The special album release event will conclude with a signing portion, where Rupert Holmes and the cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood will autograph copies of the cast recording for fans.

Rachel Weisz To Take on Broadway

Rachel WeiszOscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) announced today on the British morning TV show Daybreak that she will soon be making her debut on the Broadway stage. “I am going to do a play on Broadway,” said Weisz. “It’s confirmed.”

Weisz did not confirm which play she will be appearing in on Broadway, but rumors have been circulating that she will star opposite her husband, Daniel Craig (Skyfall), in Harold Pinter’s drama Betrayal.

Although Rachel Weisz will be performing on Broadway for the first time, she is not new to the stage. The actress received an Olivier Award for her performance in the Donmar Warehouse production of the Tennessee Williams classic A Streetcar Named Desire. On film, she can be seen in the new movie Oz the Great and Powerful.

A Cast of Thousands in New Production of Cats

CatsA staple of Broadway for many years, the famed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats (based on poet T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats) is soon to have its biggest staging yet. Stagecoach Theatre Arts will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in spectacular fashion by putting on a one-time-only production of Cats on March 24 that will feature 3,000 performers.

To be held in Birmingham, England at the U.K.’s National Indoor Arena, the performance will have a main cast of 500 singers and 50 dancers, and they will be accompanied by 2,500 young performers, ranging from ages 7 to 18.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that so many young people will be able to take part in this very special performance of Cats,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber in a statement. “Happy 25th Birthday Stagecoach and thank you for giving your students the opportunity to perform the show in such a spectacular way.”

Roundabout To Bring Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” and Donald Margulies “Dinner with Friends” To Broadway

Roundabout Theatre CompanyThe Roundabout Theatre Company, which is currently represented on Broadway by The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the soon-to-open The Big Knife, has announced that its 2013-2014 Broadway season will include revivals of the plays Dinner With Friends and The Real Thing.

A favorite of Tom Stoppard fans, The Real Thing is about a playwright whose marriage is collapsing — both on stage and in real life. The 1984 play was most recently seen on Broadway in 2000 in an acclaimed production starring Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle.

Dinner with Friends, written by Donald Margulies, is a Pulitzer Prize winning play that previously enjoyed a run Off-Broadway, but will be making its Broadway premiere with the Roundabout production. Tracking the journey of two couples, it is also a play that deals with the subject of marriage.

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

Lucky Guy Broadway ShowBROADWAY TICKET SALES DROP AGAIN This week sees yet another decrease in Broadway’s total ticket revenue.  Broadway’s earnings are down by more than a million from last week, coming in at a total of $17,192,695.

LUCKY GUY STARTS HIGH A surprise to no one, the new Nora Ephron play Lucky Guy — starring Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut — has begun Broadway previews on a financial high.  Selling out at 101.74%, the show is earning an average paid admission of $153.17.  For offering audiences the unique experience of seeing one of the world’s favorite movie stars on the Broadway stage, it is expected that Lucky Guy will continue to do great numbers during its run.

FOUR SHOWS TAKE A FINAL BOW Four Broadway shows concluded this week, all ending their runs with respectable numbers.  Barry Manilow’s Manilow on Broadway did the best, taking in an average paid admission of $120.38 in its final week.  The long-running Disney family favorite Mary Poppins enjoyed a full theater in its last week, with 97.60% attendance.  Well-reviewed plays The Other Place and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? had good (if not great) sales, each earning over $300,000 for the week.

After announcing closing in early January, Mary Poppins finished strong with a gross for over a million dollars in Broadway ticket sales this past week.  Gross ticket sales averaged $650,000 (by week) from January to mid-February.  It was not until the final 3 weeks that the Broadway show experienced an elevation in sales.  Mary Poppins ended their 6 year production consecutively breaking 1 million dollars in gross ticket sales in the production’s final weeks.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending March 3, 2013: Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $294,156 5,636 63.30% $52.19
ANNIE $902,794 11,782 86.23% $76.62
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $686,272 7,414 66.96% $92.56
CHICAGO $484,637 6,607 76.47% $73.35
CINDERELLA $804,176 11,605 97.75% $69.30
HANDS ON A HARDBODY $186,336 5,943 82.99% $31.35
JERSEY BOYS $758,714 7,897 80.38% $96.08
KINKY BOOTS $105,384 1,424 100.00% $74.01
LUCKY GUY $367,156 2,397 101.74% $153.17
MAMMA MIA! $657,925 8,675 73.32% $75.84
MANILOW ON BROADWAY $910,345 7,562 92.73% $120.38
MARY POPPINS $1,006,157 14,031 97.60% $71.71
NEWSIES $768,352 8,550 89.44% $89.87
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $634,182 7,555 65.63% $83.94
ONCE $866,108 7,863 92.90% $110.15
ROCK OF AGES $401,624 4,354 93.35% $92.24
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,007,796 12,178 78.87% $82.76
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,592,202 8,752 102.63% $181.92
THE LION KING $1,431,205 12,635 94.18% $113.27
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD $361,943 5,790 72.09% $62.51
THE OTHER PLACE $301,779 4,397 85.35% $68.63
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $787,625 10,497 81.75% $75.03
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? $331,805 4,203 76.98% $78.94
WICKED $1,544,023 14,468 99.97% $106.72
Total $17,192,695 192,215 85.52% $88.86

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

Mary Poppins, Virginia Woolf, and The Other Place Close on Broadway

Mary Poppins Broadway MusicalThree shows are closing on Broadway today. One is Disney’s long-running production of the stage musical version of Mary Poppins. This has been a mainstay for Broadway theatergoers with kids looking for family-friendly entertainment since it opened in 2006. But the show has been on discounts for most of its run, and presumably finally ran out of steam. Mary Poppins‘ exit will make room for Disney’s latest musical adaptation, Aladdin, which will come to the New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the Broadway revival of the Edward Albee classic, is closing after more than five months on Broadway. Starring August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts and Amy Morton (who actually starred in August on Broadway), the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production enjoyed critical acclaim and a positive audience reception.

The third show to close today is The Other Place, an intimate drama about a brilliant woman and her mental health challenges. The play’s previous Off-Broadway run garnered many accolades for leading lady Laurie Metcalf’s performance, prompting this limited Broadway engagement produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Barry Manilow Says Goodbye to Broadway

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

Today marks the final concert in singer/songwriter Barry Manilow’s limited Broadway engagement, Manilow on Broadway. A Grammy Award-winning icon whose greatest successes came in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Manilow has maintained a devoted fan base over the decades, and they came out in droves to see the New York native play at the St. James Theatre. Impressively, his popularity has remained strong enough to sustain several weeks of performances.

Though the venue for Manilow on Broadway is a Broadway theater, the show is really a concert, not a theatrical production. But Broadway theaters offer artists like Manilow and their fans a more intimate and classier alternative to New York City’s standard concert venues.

Manilow on Broadway got off to a somewhat bumpy start as the singer had to cancel a few early performances due to illness. But fortunately Barry Manilow quickly recovered and was able to reschedule the missed concerts. The many hit songs featured in the concerts include “I Write the Songs,” “Copacabana (At the Copa),” and of course “Mandy”.