2013 Tony Award Nominations Announced

Kinky Boots Broadway ShowThe Tony nominations were announced this morning, and the new musical Kinky Boots came out ahead of the pack with 13 nods, including Best Musical, Direction, Choreography, Original Score, Book, and, of course, Best Costumes. Close behind was the rave-reviewed British musical Matilda, with 12 nominations.

The Broadway revival with the most Tony Award nominations was the Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin, which earned 10 noms. With 8 nominations, Golden Boy was the play revival that fared the best. Lucky Guy had the most nominations (6) of any new play, and star Tom Hanks earned a nod for Actor in a Leading Role.

The Tony nominees will battle it out on June 9 when the Tony Award ceremony takes place. The awards will take place at Radio City Music Hall and will be aired in a three-hour broadcast on CBS.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 4/28/2013

Total Broadway ticket revenue this week was $24,616,124, which is just about $100,000 less than last week’s take.  While the decrease is small enough to be negligible, no doubt Broadway producers still don’t enjoy seeing a fall in sales at a time when there are so many new Broadway shows opening for people to see.

Although Wicked has dominated for most of 2013, this is the second week in a row that The Lion King has beat it out in top weekly earnings.  The Lion King brought in $1,864,611, while Wicked earned $1,735,066.  The Book of Mormon took third place, as it often does, bringing in a total of $1,675,558.

While it’s rarely a mystery as to what three shows will be at the top of the grosses chart each week, those time-tested smash hits are sharing The Millionaries Club lately with many newcomers.  Kinky Boots, Lucky Guy, Matilda, and Motown the Musical all made more than a million this week, and only one of those shows — Lucky Guy, featuring Tom Hanks — has star power to thank for its impressive earnings.  The other three shows owe most of their success to good buzz and reviews and enthusiastic word-of-mouth from other theatergoers – Motown in particular is the crowd-pleaser of the bunch, and continues to sell out despite the poor show reviews from all the noteworthy Broadway critics.

Last week, nine Broadway shows reached were completely sold out, which is a first on Broadway during this time frame. Broadway shows normally see 200,000 attendees every week, but this week the shows saw 250,970 ticket buying theatregoers.
I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers starring Bette Midler sold out its opening week after doing extremely well during previews.  In addition, new shows like Kinky Boots, Lucky Guy, Pippin and Matilda experience sold out Broadway performances this past week.  Motown: The Musical, a Broadway show that has had sold out performances since landing on Broadway continues to have a 100% capacity. It may be too soon to tell but Broadway producers of these shows only hope to follow in the footsteps of shows like The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and Wicked which have been consistently selling out each Broadway performance for some time.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending April 28, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $258,424 3,637 40.85% $71.05
ANNIE $713,108 8,613 63.03% $82.79
CHICAGO $613,749 7,593 87.88% $80.83
CINDERELLA $943,353 10,654 76.06% $88.54
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS $646,102 5,567 102.35% $116.06
JEKYLL & HYDE $439,586 6,145 47.65% $71.54
JERSEY BOYS $867,043 8,471 86.23% $102.35
KINKY BOOTS $1,112,163 11,161 97.97% $99.65
LUCKY GUY $1,384,178 9,458 100.02% $146.35
MACBETH $456,931 5,092 81.45% $89.73
MAMMA MIA! $877,550 10,423 86.97% $84.19
MATILDA $1,107,815 11,454 99.98% $96.72
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,213,611 12,139 100.69% $99.98
NEWSIES $839,263 9,010 94.25% $93.15
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $583,867 6,627 57.57% $88.10
ONCE $835,941 7,591 89.60% $110.12
ORPHANS $444,469 6,035 70.44% $73.65
PIPPIN $713,712 7,957 100.47% $89.70
ROCK OF AGES $429,850 4,311 92.43% $99.71
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,033,279 12,313 79.75% $83.92
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $291,569 4,687 90.13% $62.21
THE BIG KNIFE $212,346 4,303 72.69% $49.35
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,675,558 8,752 102.63% $191.45
THE LION KING $1,864,611 13,565 99.74% $137.46
THE NANCE $445,409 5,595 76.35% $79.61
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $985,895 12,078 94.07% $81.63
THE RASCALS: ONCE UPON A DREAM $776,214 6,144 91.77% $126.34
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY $216,533 5,708 75.66% $37.93
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $491,501 7,064 83.07% $69.58
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $407,432 4,740 75.29% $85.96
WICKED $1,735,066 14,083 97.31% $123.20
Total $24,616,124 250,970 84.33% $93.96

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League. All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com.

Stars of Broadway’s Matilda To Be Given Tony Honors for Excellence

Matilda Broadway MusicalThis past week the Tony Awards Administration Committee came together to determine various eligibility issues concerning shows from this Broadway season. One of the most anxiously awaited rulings was whether or not the four young performers who alternate in the title role of the musical Matilda will be eligible to share a Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical nomination. But though Billy Elliot had set a similar precedent when its three stars were nominated (and won), the committee decided not to allow Matilda‘s Milly Shapiro, Oona Laurence, Sophia Gennusa, and Bailey Ryon eligibility in the Best Actress category. Instead, the quartet will be given Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre because the committee felt that the young ladies deserved recognition for their “outstanding performances”. This makes the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) – Who developed the show – and Dodger Properties (The Producer of the show on Broadway) very happy as they can take this four-way Tony accolade all the way to the bank by squeezing the marketing juice out of this guaranteed honor pre and post Tony’s, making it unlike any other Tony award given this year.

Other decisions made by the committee included declaring Orphans eligible for Best Revival of a Play (even though it didn’t previously appear on Broadway), disallowing the Motown score award eligibility, and deciding that neither Manilow on Broadway nor The Rascals will be eligible for nomination. Most of the other decisions involved whether certain performers would be eligible in Leading or Featured acting nominations.

Candice Bergen, Chris Noth, David Mamet, and More Set for EST Gala

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Broadway producers Jerry Frankel and Jeffrey Richards will be honored by the Ensemble Studio Theatre at its 45th Anniversary Gala, being held at SIR Stage 37 (508 W. 37th Street) on May 20. The evening will begin with a 6:30pm cocktail reception, followed by a live show at 8.

Numerous Broadway performers and creatives are scheduled to appear in the gala event, which will be hosted by director Jerry Zaks. Candice Bergen, Chris Noth, Norm Lewis, Laura Osnes (currently enchanting Broadway audiences in Cinderella), Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn, playwright David Mamet, songwriter Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), Elizabeth Ashley, and director/choregrapher Kathleen Marshall will be among the participants. Cast members from the 2009 production of the musical Hair will also perform.

“All of us at EST are proud to be honoring two of Broadway’s most illustrious producers, who have a record of producing many new plays and musicals that originated in not-for-profit theatres like ours,” stated Ensemble Studio Theatre artistic director William Carden. “Proceeds support EST’s own productions of new plays, which have increased markedly in the past five years with tremendous growth in box office revenue, greater recognition for EST artists, and a higher profile for our theatre.”

Flashdance’s Broadway Debut Delayed

Flashdance Broadway MusicalOriginally scheduled to hit Broadway this August, Flashdance the Musical has been postponed. The production is now scheduled to arrive on the Great White Way at a yet-to-be-determined date later in the 2013-2014 season. This is the third time Flashdance has delayed its Broadway arrival.

Based on the well-known 1980s film of the same name, Flashdance is about a woman steelworker who also works as an exotic dancer, but has dreams of joining a prestigious dance company. The movie’s soundtrack featured pop hits like “Maniac,” “Gloria,” and “I Love Rock & Roll,” which are all featured in the stage version.

Flashdance the Musical had its London premiere in 2010. The production then went through rewrites and is currently in the midst of a U.S. national tour.

Nice Work If You Can Get It Closing in June

Nice Work If You Can Get It Broadway MusicalThe musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers) and Jessie Mueller, has announced that it will be closing on Broadway on June 15. The musical comedy, which features numerous beloved songs by the Gershwins, will have played over 500 performances when it closes.

Nice Work If You Can Get It has been delighting audiences at the Imperial Theatre for over a year and we could not be more thrilled with the response it has received,” stated the show’s producers. “Nice Work has proved, once again, that the music of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin will live forever to delight audiences of all ages.”

Though the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It will be closing, the show will live on with a national tour that is soon to be launched.

Mamma Mia! Will Move To The Broadhurst Theatre

Mamma MiaAfter well over a decade of playing at the Winter Garden Theatre, the long-running smash Broadway hit Mamma Mia! will transfer to the Broadhurst Theatre (currently home to the limited-run production Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks). The transfer is expected to take place this fall.

“I’m thrilled that we have this opportunity to move Mamma Mia! to the Broadhurst Theatre in the heart of Times Square,” stated producer Judy Craymer. “As we celebrate 12 years and 5000 performances in New York, I’m thrilled that The Shubert Organization has created this timely opportunity, which will allow us to present Mamma Mia! to delight audiences on Broadway for many years to come.”

The Broadhurst Theatre has fewer seats than the Winter Garden, which may make more financial sense for Mamma Mia!  Though the musical remains popular, it has discounted its tickets for most of the show’s run, so it may benefit from playing in a smaller theater where there are fewer seats to sell. The Broadhurst also has better exposure in the high-traffic West 44th Street area of the theater district, as opposed to the Winter Garden which has less visibility to tourists given its location on the north end of Times Square.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 4/21/2013

After a couple of disheartening weeks in which overall Broadway ticket sales experienced decreases, this week finally sees an increase, with a rise from last week’s $23,143,555 up to $24,719.507. Hopefully the upward trend will continue as the lively spring season makes its way into the tourist heavy summer season.

Following in the footsteps of Barry Manilow, another pop musician that brought his act to Broadway recently, The Rascals began their limited run this week with The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream. Primarily a reunion concert for the original members of the band The Rascals, this production also offers film footage and archival material to give it a little more theatrical flair. So far the show is doing very well, filling up 87.96% of its theater at an average ticket price of $109.80. The week’s total take was $646,622.

The play Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which had a harder time selling tickets than most of the spring season’s new Broadway productions, finally succumbed to the lack of interest and closed this weekend. In its last week, the production filled just over half of its theater, though its average paid admission was not too bad at $68.92 per ticket.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending April 21, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $266,291 3,611 40.55% $73.74
ANNIE $813,203 9,403 68.82% $86.48
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S $323,655 4,696 54.40% $68.92
CHICAGO $598,981 7,495 86.75% $79.92
CINDERELLA $976,098 10,574 75.49% $92.31
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS $686,031 5,497 101.07% $124.80
JEKYLL & HYDE $399,086 7,798 61.31% $51.18
JERSEY BOYS $879,720 8,355 85.05% $105.29
KINKY BOOTS $1,056,926 11,050 97.00% $95.65
LUCKY GUY $1,412,001 9,597 101.49% $147.13
MACBETH $385,394 5,711 91.35% $67.48
MAMMA MIA! $833,047 9,887 82.50% $84.26
MATILDA $1,129,419 11,402 99.81% $99.05
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,151,759 12,127 100.59% $94.97
NEWSIES $910,812 9,405 98.38% $96.84
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $597,888 7,037 61.13% $84.96
ONCE $873,375 7,819 92.29% $111.70
ORPHANS $522,036 7,352 85.81% $71.01
PIPPIN $683,911 8,000 101.01% $85.49
ROCK OF AGES $422,484 4,292 92.02% $98.44
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,060,466 12,235 79.24% $86.67
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $205,596 4,706 90.50% $43.69
THE BIG KNIFE $216,091 4,797 81.03% $45.05
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,670,782 8,752 102.63% $190.90
THE LION KING $1,835,410 13,357 98.21% $137.41
THE NANCE $362,059 5,876 80.19% $61.62
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $952,478 11,477 89.38% $82.99
THE RASCALS: ONCE UPON A DREAM $646,622 5,889 87.96% $109.80
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY $189,737 6,346 96.14% $29.90
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $437,718 6,541 76.92% $66.92
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $409,524 4,781 75.94% $85.66
WICKED $1,810,911 14,375 99.33% $125.98
Total $24,719,507 260,240 85.45% $90.19

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League. All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com.

Wendy Williams To Make Broadway Debut in Chicago

Wendy WilliamsPopular daytime talk show host Wendy Williams is the latest celebrity to make their Broadway debut in the long-running hit revival of the musical Chicago, playing at the Ambassador Theatre. Williams will take on the part of the brassy prison matron Mama Morton.

Wendy Williams will perform for just seven weeks, starting June 25 and then ending her time in the popular show on August 11. She will be taking over the role of Mama Morton from actress Christine Pedi.

An author and columnist, Wendy Williams has been well known by radio listeners for years. She began reaching an even wider audience in 2009 when she began her nationally syndicated talk show The Wendy Williams Show.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Closing Today

Breakfast at Tiffany'sThe latest casualty of Broadway’s Spring season, Breakfast at Tiffany’s ends its run at the Cort Theatre today. The play, written by Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) and based on the story by Truman Capote, concludes having played 17 preview performances and 38 regular performances.

The production, directed by Sean Mathias, featured Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in the part of Holly Golightly (previously played on screen by Audrey Hepburn) alongside co-stars Cory Michael Smith, George Wendt, Paolo Montalban, Lee Wilkof, and Eddie Korbich.

Despite its iconic title, Breakfast at Tiffany’s ultimately couldn’t make a run of it due to low ticket sales. A lack of word-of-mouth and mixed reviews kept the play from getting the boost it needed to compete with the many other shows opening this season.