Spiderman Offers Free Tax Season Tickets to CPAs

Spider-Man uses the web to capture both villains and audiencesCertified public accountants (CPAs) looking to celebrate the long-awaited end of the tax season should head over to the Foxwoods Theatre on the morning of April 16. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be offering free tickets to the first 50 CPAs lined up at the box office when it opens at 10am.

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark celebrates unsung heroes,” stated production rep Rick Miramontez, “so who better to honor this time of year than those working so tirelessly to make sure we can all can take as many deductions as possible?”

To take advantage of this post-tax season Broadway ticket offer, interested certified public accountants will need to present their certification. If they are among the first 50 to line up on April 16, they will be rewarded with two free tickets for the 7:30pm performance that night.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 4/7/2013

I'll Eat You Last Broadway ShowBROADWAY TICKET SALES DECLINE
After a few impressive jumps in the total Broadway ticket revenue, this week saw a decrease in sales, bringing in a total of $25,899,686 (down from $28,531,066). This dip was perhaps to be expected given that last week’s big leap was due to holiday ticket buying. The week prior, Broadway took in less than $22 million, so if we compare with that figure instead, this week’s receipts still indicate a healthy upward trend in ticket sales as Broadway benefits from Spring tourism.

FOUR NEW BROADWAY SHOWS DEBUT
The new shows keep on coming. Bette Midler is putting most of them to shame with I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, a one-woman show that nearly sold out at 99.96% capacity, with tickets going for an average paid admission of $133.78. The Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde, starring Constantine Maroulis, also began preview performances this week, but at a far less impressive theater capacity of 56.77%. Alan Cumming’s one-man Macbeth is showing healthy signs during its first week on the boards, filling over 85% of the theater at an average paid admission of $105.35. The play The Big Knife did modest business, filling 73.11% with an average paid admission of $51.61.

WICKED AND THE LION KING BREAK TWO MILLION
Forget the Millionaires Club, this week saw two Broadway musicals in the Two Millionaires Club. Long-standing favorites Wicked and The Lion King both managed to earn two mil, with Wicked grabbing the top spot at $2,257,034.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending April 7, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $308,202 4,398 49.39% $70.08
ANNIE $1,120,203 12,406 90.79% $90.30
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S $337,621 4,532 52.50% $74.50
CHICAGO $702,715 7,544 87.31% $93.15
CINDERELLA $1,243,857 12,783 91.25% $97.31
HANDS ON A HARDBODY $240,040 4,879 58.70% $49.20
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS $313,705 2,345 99.96% $133.78
JEKYLL & HYDE $341,454 4,513 56.77% $75.66
JERSEY BOYS $1,015,051 9,002 91.63% $112.76
KINKY BOOTS $775,687 11,271 98.94% $68.82
LUCKY GUY $1,226,451 9,607 101.60% $127.66
MACBETH $92,285 876 85.46% $105.35
MAMMA MIA! $1,027,152 11,226 93.67% $91.50
MATILDA $915,507 9,996 100.00% $91.59
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,130,744 12,056 103.57% $93.79
NEWSIES $1,091,883 9,611 100.53% $113.61
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $771,078 9,128 79.29% $84.47
ONCE $951,033 8,284 97.78% $114.80
ORPHANS $595,471 7,539 87.99% $78.99
PIPPIN $661,104 7,486 94.52% $88.31
ROCK OF AGES $458,868 4,315 92.52% $106.34
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,409,174 13,154 85.19% $107.13
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $156,671 3,402 74.77% $46.05
THE BIG KNIFE $223,376 4,328 73.11% $51.61
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,705,678 8,752 102.63% $194.89
THE LION KING $2,081,319 13,600 100.00% $153.04
THE NANCE $367,937 5,895 80.44% $62.42
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,368,904 12,594 98.08% $108.69
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY $196,495 5,030 76.20% $39.06
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $441,915 6,297 74.05% $70.18
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $371,075 4,818 76.52% $77.02
WICKED $2,257,034 14,290 98.74% $157.94
Total $25,899,686 255,957 86.06% $94.69

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.

Idina Menzel, Matthew Morrison To Perform at the Olivier Awards

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel

A few of Broadway’s best will share their talents in London on April 28 at the annual Olivier Awards, which honor distinguished achievement in West End professional theater. Idina Menzel (Wicked), Matthew Morrison (South Pacific, Hairspray, TV’s Glee), and Heather Headley (Aida) will be among the Broadway stars performing at the Olivier Awards ceremony.

Pop and theater star Petula Clark is also scheduled to perform, as well as the full casts of productions of Top Hat and A Chorus Line. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and Sheridan Smith will serve as the evening’s hosts.

The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Opera House and are set to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. The line-up of theater luminaries set to present awards during the ceremony include Daniel Radcliffe (recently seen on Broadway in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Kim Cattrall, and Damian Lewis (TV’s Homeland).

Adam Pascal Will Join the Cast of Broadway’s Chicago

Adam PascalStarting April 8, Adam Pascal will take on the often-replaced role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago. Pascal is taking over for actor Christopher Sieber.

Adam Pascal was most recently seen on Broadway playing Huey in the Tony Award winning musical Memphis. His other Broadway credits include Aida, Cabaret, and, most famously, Rent, in which he played the role of Roger.

The Tony Award-winning Chicago revival came to Broadway in 1996. Playing at the Ambassador Theatre, the production currently stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma, Amy Spanger as Roxie, and Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart. On the same day that Adam Pascal joins the cast, so will Christine Pedi in the role of Mama Morton.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz Confirmed To Star in Broadway Play

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

The rumors that have been swirling for the last few weeks that real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz will star on Broadway together have finally been confirmed. Craig and Weisz will play married couple Robert and Emma in a new revival of Harold Pinter’s drama Betrayal. They will be joined onstage by Rafe Spall, playing Robert’s best friend, Jerry.

The three-person Betrayal, perhaps playwright Pinter’s best known work, tells the story of a love affair in reverse order. The play had its original Broadway production in 1979, with its most recent Broadway revival taking place in 2000.

This new production of Betrayal, produced by Scott Rudin, will be under the direction of Mike Nichols, whose recent Broadway directing credits are as varied as Spamalot and the acclaimed Death of a Salesman revival. Betrayal will have a limited engagement at the Barrymore Theatre from October 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

Broadway Favorites To Honor Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that it will be honoring stage, film, and recording legend Barbra Streisand at the 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala on April 22, and some of Broadway’s brightest will be on hand to pay their respects through performance. Liza Minnelli and Kristin Chenoweth will be among the Broadway favorites offering up their musical talents during the ceremony.

The tribute to Barbra Streisand, which will culminate in the famed artist being presented with the Chaplin Award by President Bill Clinton, will also include performances from luminaries like Tony Bennett and Wynton Marsalis. Many film stars will be in attendance at the gala, such as Kris Kristofferson, Pierce Brosnan, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, and Blythe Danner.

“The Board is very excited to have Barbra Streisand as the next recipient of The Chaplin Award,” stated The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s board chairman Ann Tenenbaum. “She is an artist whose long career of incomparable achievements is most powerfully expressed by the fact that her acclaimed Yentl was such a milestone film.”

Broadway Star Alan Cumming Releases Shakespeare Recording

Alan CummingJust as he prepares to take on William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth (all by himself!) on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre, Alan Cumming releases a new recording on which he tackles several of the Bard’s works. The Head That Wears a Crown, available from GPR Records, features Cumming reciting numerous speeches from Shakespeare plays.

On the 22-track album are many of Shakespeare’s most revered speeches, including “Now is the winter of our discontent” from Richard III, “Once more unto the breach” from Henry V, and “If music be the food of love, play on” from Twelfth Night, along with lesser-known passages.

The Head That Wears a Crown is already available for digital download, and it will be released in stores on April 23. Alan Cumming’s one-man Macbeth begins previews on April 7, with its official Broadway opening set for April 21.

Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson To Announce Tony Nominees

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

The 2013 Tony Award nominations are set to be announced on April 30 at 8:30am. Two famous faces, known both on Broadway and on television, will make the announcements from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, located at Lincoln Center. The well-known performers in question are Tony winners Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, TV’s Bunheads) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

Other Broadway luminaries will be there along with Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson when the Tony Award nominees are announced. Noted Broadway costume designer and American Theatre Wing chairman William Ivey Long, American Theatre Wing executive director Heather Hitchens, Broadway League chairman Nick Scandalios, and Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin will all be in attendance.

Once the Tony nominations are announced, it will be a little more than a month until the main event, the Tony Awards ceremony, is held on June 9. The Tonys will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS network. Find more information at www.tonyawards.com.

Orlando Bloom To Star in Broadway Romeo and Juliet

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom

They may be the most notorious couple in history, but William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, haven’t been on Broadway since 1987. But soon R&J will return to Broadway in a new production starring Orlando Bloom (Legolas in The Lord of the Rings) and Condola Rashad (currently co-starring in Broadway’s The Trip to Bountiful) as the doomed young couple.

Directed by David Leveaux, the production will emphasize a racial divide, casting the Montagues as a white household and the Capulets as a black family. The only other cast members announced so far are Joe Morton (Raisin, Art) as Lord Capulet and Jayne Houdyshell (Dead Accounts, Follies) as the Nurse.

Romeo and Juliet will start previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 24, with an opening date set for September 19.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 3/31/2013

The Trip To Bountiful Broadway ShowBROADWAY TICKET SALES INCREASE SHARPLY
Easter Weekend meant big bucks for Broadway, which enjoyed a huge increase in ticket revenue this week.  Total ticket sales shot up from last week’s $21,709,082 to this week’s $28,531,066, making for an increase of nearly seven million dollars.  Though the uptick certainly has partly to do with the fact that the Broadway spring season is getting into full swing, this giant leap is definitely due largely to it having been the Easter holiday, which is often a popular time for families to gather and catch a Broadway show.

STARRY NEW SHOWS ATTRACT AUDIENCES
Like last week, this week Broadway saw a trio of new productions begin preview performances. All three are plays, but the two that have fared best so far are the ones featuring well-known actors. The Trip to Bountiful, which stars Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Vanessa Williams, filled its theater to 91.63% capacity and sold tickets at an average price of $82.77.  Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster, was at 94.13% capacity with tickets at an average paid admission price of $81.76.  (Orphans also had the advantage of the early backstage drama and buzz that came when Shia LaBeouf left the production during rehearsals.)  The third play to begin performances on Broadway this week, The Testament of Mary, isn’t doing as well, though it does star acclaimed actress Fiona Shaw.  The average paid admission was $47.89 this week, but if the show builds buzz and gets good reviews, it could find a change in its fortunes.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending March 31, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $286,869 4,307 48.37% $66.61
ANNIE $1,294,508 13,400 98.07% $96.61
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S $411,052 5,750 66.61% $71.49
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $721,456 7,637 78.83% $94.47
CHICAGO $912,004 8,633 99.92% $105.64
CINDERELLA $1,414,541 13,933 99.46% $101.52
HANDS ON A HARDBODY $321,043 6,766 81.40% $47.45
JERSEY BOYS $1,025,947 9,668 98.41% $106.12
KINKY BOOTS $893,741 11,324 99.40% $78.92
LUCKY GUY $1,250,712 9,588 101.40% $130.45
MAMMA MIA! $1,150,663 12,112 102.37% $95.00
MATILDA $960,998 9,998 100.02% $96.12
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,164,191 12,058 103.59% $96.55
NEWSIES $1,191,552 10,855 100.93% $109.77
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $905,621 10,424 90.55% $86.88
ONCE $1,044,362 8,604 101.56% $121.38
ORPHANS $659,391 8,065 94.13% $81.76
PIPPIN $728,161 7,768 97.69% $93.74
ROCK OF AGES $501,765 4,605 98.73% $108.96
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,878,326 15,316 99.20% $122.64
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $146,380 3,407 74.88% $42.96
THE BIG KNIFE $201,642 4,417 74.61% $45.65
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,703,714 8,752 102.63% $194.67
THE LION KING $2,385,081 15,301 100.01% $155.88
THE NANCE $392,189 5,754 78.52% $68.16
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,562,855 13,057 101.69% $119.69
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY $191,134 3,991 70.54% $47.89
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $161,233 1,948 91.63% $82.77
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $436,391 5,711 90.71% $76.41
WICKED $2,633,547 16,281 100.00% $161.76
Total $28,531,066 269,430 91.53% $96.93

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.