Broadway’s Cinderella To Go On Tour in 2014

Cinderella Broadway MusicalBroadway audiences have been loving the new Broadway production of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Cinderella, and soon people across America will have a chance to see the show in their own hometowns. Cinderella‘s producers have announced that they will be launching a national tour during the 2014-2015 season.

“We are thrilled to be taking Cinderella on the road,” stated producer Robyn Goodman. “We look forward to sharing the magic of Cinderella with audiences throughout the country.”

Recognized with nine Tony Award nominations, Cinderella stars Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana. The show’s book is by Douglas Carter Beane. The tuneful Rodgers & Hammerstein score includes “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” A cast recording for the production was recently released by Ghostlight Records.

Theatre World Awards Go To Tom Sturridge, Bertie Carvel, and More

Tom Sturridge

Tom Sturridge

The 2013 Theatre World Award winners have been announced. The honorees have been recognized for making an outstanding debut performance on or off-Broadway. Tom Hanks is the most recognizable name on the list, and among the most buzzed about this season are Bertie Carvel (Matilda), Tom Sturridge (Orphans), Rob McClure (Chaplin), and Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody). Other winners include Carrie Coon, Shalita Grant, Brandon J. Dirden, Valisia LeKae, Ruthie Ann Miles, Yvonne Strahovski, and Conrad Ricamora.

Theatre World has also bestowed a pair of special honors to particular individuals. The 2013 Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater has gone to Jonny Orsini for his work in The Nance. Alan Alda is being given the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The honorees will be recognized at the 69th Annual Theatre World Awards ceremony, taking place at the Music Box Theater on June 3. Theater journalist Peter Filichia will serve as host for the festivities. For more information, visit www.theatreworldawards.org.

Tony Awards Tickets On Sale To The Public

tonyawardsOn June 9, CBS will broadcast the three-hour Tony Awards ceremony, celebrating the best of Broadway. But if you would rather watch the drama unfold in person, tickets are now available to the general public for the event, which is being held at Radio City Music Hall (1260 Avenue of the Americas) in New York City.

Tony Awards tickets are steeply priced at $275 to $475. To order, call 866-858-0008, or visit the Radio City Music Hall box office in person. Be aware that there is a limit of six tickets per order, and ticket sales are final.

The Tonys are a black-tie-only event, so you must be dressed to the nines to attend. Doors close at 7pm.

Natalie Portman To Star in New Film of Macbeth

Natalie PortmanWilliam Shakespeare’s famed tragedy Macbeth, which is currently represented on Broadway in Alan Cumming’s solo version of the bloody play, will soon get a new film treatment.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, the new movie Macbeth will star Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Shame, X-Men) as Macbeth himself, the soldier who resorts to murder to become King of Scotland. Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Garden State, Star Wars) will take on the iconic role of Lady Macbeth, his scheming and ambitious wife.

The playscript of Macbeth has been adapted for the screen by Todd Luiso and Jacob Koskoff for this film.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 5/5/2013

The Rascals Once Upon a DreamTINY TICKET SALES DECREASE
Like last week, this week saw a small decrease in overall Broadway ticket sales, though this time it was an even smaller drop. While last week brought in a total of $24,616,124 in ticket revenue, this week saw earnings of $24,611,041.

FINAL WEEK FOR TESTAMENT OF MARY AND THE RASCALS
This was the last week for two Broadway productions, The Testament of Mary and The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream.  The former show announced its closing quite suddenly, presumably because of poor sales.  While the theater was fairly full this week at just over 80% capacity, the average paid admission was quite low at $49.59.  The Rascals, on the other hand, enjoyed great success and only closed because it was a limited engagement to begin with.  Part concert, part Broadway show, the production filled the theater to 95.58%, selling tickets at an impressive average price of $128.61.

NINE SHOWS BREAK A MILLION
Though Broadway’s overall ticket revenue may be failing to rise, several shows are enjoying a Broadway bounty, with nine shows in total earning more than a million dollars this week.  Kinky Boots, Matilda, and Motown are among the new musical successes.  Also in the Millionaire’s Club is The Phantom of the Opera, proving that even after 25 years on Broadway, it can still bring in the crowds.  Ultimately, The Lion King came out at the very top at $1,829,570, coming awfully close to breaking two million.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending May 5, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $261,380 3,549 39.86% $73.65
ANNIE $648,007 8,284 60.63% $78.22
CHICAGO $648,324 7,739 89.57% $83.77
CINDERELLA $852,008 9,906 70.72% $86.01
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS $753,217 5,535 101.77% $136.08
JEKYLL & HYDE $398,919 5,523 42.83% $72.23
JERSEY BOYS $833,113 8,195 83.42% $101.66
KINKY BOOTS $1,140,513 11,346 99.60% $100.52
LUCKY GUY $1,382,232 9,520 100.68% $145.19
MACBETH $436,867 4,708 75.30% $92.79
MAMMA MIA! $954,814 10,738 89.60% $88.92
MATILDA $1,103,030 11,455 99.99% $96.29
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,209,773 12,147 100.75% $99.59
NEWSIES $762,227 8,765 91.68% $86.96
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $568,037 6,957 60.43% $81.65
ONCE $789,592 7,410 87.46% $106.56
ORPHANS $397,646 5,960 69.56% $66.72
PIPPIN $785,386 7,831 98.88% $100.29
ROCK OF AGES $405,807 4,138 88.72% $98.07
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,002,169 11,465 74.26% $87.41
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $295,099 4,674 89.88% $63.14
THE BIG KNIFE $220,859 3,625 61.23% $60.93
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,691,752 8,752 102.63% $193.30
THE LION KING $1,829,570 13,266 97.54% $137.91
THE NANCE $443,964 5,366 73.23% $82.74
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,091,887 12,311 95.88% $88.69
THE RASCALS: ONCE UPON A DREAM $822,957 6,399 95.58% $128.61
THE TESTAMENT OF MARY $301,343 6,077 80.55% $49.59
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $479,937 5,630 66.20% $85.25
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $449,073 5,036 79.99% $89.17
WICKED $1,651,541 13,589 93.90% $121.54
Total $24,611,041 245,896 82.66% $96.24

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.

Tony Nominated Lucky Guy Recoups Investment

Lucky Guy Broadway ShowAfter just eight weeks on Broadway, the Nora Ephron play Lucky Guy has recouped its investment. Its very unusual for a Broadway show to earn back its capitalization so quickly, but then again there is no other Broadway show out there featuring international film star Tom Hanks, who is making his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy.

In addition to its excellent financial performance, the producers have another reason to be happy: Lucky Guy recently earned a total of six Tony Award nominations. The play was recognized with nods for Best Play, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Featured Actor (Courtney B. Vance), and Best Actor for Tom Hanks.

The story of colorful real-life New York City tabloid columnist Mike McAlary, Lucky Guy started preview performances on March 1st. The production continues its limited run at the Broadhurst Theatre through July 3.

Ticketmaster Adds Website Rate Limiter to Thwart Ticket Brokers

In a bid to limit robot, automated, and ticket broker transactions on their website, Ticketmaster has introduced IP address rate limiting technology that stops users from looking at too many web pages on their site during a daily period. It has been reported that this magic number is ten pages per hour.

When Ticketmaster users try to access too many pages within a short period of time, they are confronted with a message that informs them that they have exceeded Ticketmaster’s web page request limit and will need to wait awhile before trying again:

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Previously, Ticketmaster’s primary method for defeating robots was the use of the Captcha command, which requires the user to enter a unique series of letters and/or numbers into a box before a ticket request is successfully processed. The Captcha command is already annoying to many users who are performing multiple searches, but this new rate limiting measure additionally forces the customer to wait several minutes.

Theoretically the rate limiter could be advantageous to the average customer if it slows down the aggressive ticket brokers who are buying up all the inventory for high-demand shows. However, it’s a high price for customers to pay in terms of general aggravation. After all, it isn’t that unusual for a legitimate customer to want to do numerous searches in order to assess seat availability for a Broadway show, or they may want to check on what’s available for a single event over multiple dates. If that person is continually forced to wait for minutes at a time in the middle of their search, they may give up altogether.

While it is good to see Ticketmaster looking for ways to fight brokers, Ticketmaster isn’t by any means innocent when it comes to ticket brokering themselves. They have their own ticket broker website, TicketsNow, which has unfettered access to Ticketmaster tickets and this poses a huge conflict of interest for them. Competing ticket brokers are accusing Ticketmaster of manipulating the ticket market for their own benefit, but congress disagrees.

It remains to be seen whether or not this latest piece of technology in the war against brokers will stick around, or whether Ticketmaster finally removes it when they inevitably get a host of customer complaints or aggravation from show producers who cannot sell tickets to their shows because Ticketmaster is blocking their clients access to buy.

Tom Hanks Hosts Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration June 10

Tom HanksLucky Guy star and Tony Award nominee Tom Hanks will serve as host for “Something Wonderful! The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein”. A gala benefit to raise funds for the Irish Repertory Theatre, this special concert will be held at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 10.

Featuring Shirley Jones, the evening will include an array of cherished Rodgers & Hammerstein’s songs, such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” and “Shall We Dance?”. Jones has a strong association with the famed songwriting team, as she appeared in the film versions of their classic musicals Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and Carousel.

Tickets to “Something Wonderful!” are $150-$350. Call 212-727-2737 or go to www.IrishRep.org for details.

Julianna Margulies and Paul Rudd Read The Mercy Seat

Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

A special reading of Neil Labute’s play The Mercy Seat, featuring Julianna Margulies (TV’s The Good Wife) and Paul Rudd (recently on Broadway in Grace), will be staged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on June 17. The reading is part of a benefit event for MCC Theater, which originally produced the play in 2002.

The Mercy Seat was one of the first stage dramas written in response to the 9/11 tragedy. Taking place the day after the terrorist attacks, the play is about a married man who was thought to be among the victims but is actually holed up in his mistress’s apartment. The two must decide whether to go back to life as usual or start anew.

Tickets for the reading of The Mercy Seat are $75, $100, and $250. Visit www.mcctheater.org or call 212-352-3101 for more information.

Kevin Kline To Play Pirate King on June 10

Kevin KlineOscar and Tony Award winning actor Kevin Kline will reprise one of his signature roles, the Pirate King, in a gala performance for The Public Theater on June 10. The gala concert will be a one-night-only staging of the celebrated 1980 production of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance. As with the earlier production, this special event will take place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, where The Public produces its annual Shakespeare in the Park series.

In the 1980 production, which began at the Delacorte and later transferred to Broadway, Kevin Kline starred alongside Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith, but the rest of the cast for the gala concert has yet to be announced.

Anyone interested in receiving an invitation to this special event can email gala@publictheater.org or call 212-539-8547. Visit www.publictheater.org for more information about this and other Public Theater offerings.