TKTS Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Times Square on June 26

TKTS BoothBest known to Broadway fans and tourists as the half-price ticket booth, TKTS will celebrate its 40 years of selling discounted Broadway tickets in Times Square on June 26 with special festivities starting at 11am.

On Broadway and 47th Street, behind the TKTS booth, a proclamation from the City of New York is going to be presented to the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the organization that runs the booth. Broadway performer and writer Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies) will be there to accept. When the presentation is over, the Forbidden Broadway cast will perform a special TKTS tribute, penned by Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini.

After that, karaoke singers will perform Broadway numbers (all from the past 40 years), while TKTS representatives show off costumes created in the style of shows that have appeared on Broadway during the last 40 years. Actress Julie Halston will introduce the singers and also interview ticket buyers waiting in the TKTS line.

Ethan Hawke To Play Macbeth on Broadway

Ethan HawkeLincoln Center Theater has announced its upcoming season, which will include a wide variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Ethan Hawke will play the title role in a new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, beginning performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, LCT’s Broadway space, in October. Jack O’Brien will direct the production.

The Spring production at the Beaumont will be Act One, James Lapine’s adaptation of playwright Moss Hart’s celebrated autobiography. Casting has not yet been announced.

LCT’s Off-Broadway season, taking place at the Newhouse Theater, is to include the new play Domesticated by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning writer Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park). There will also be a production of The City of Conversation, written by Anthony Giardina and directed by Doug Hughes (Doubt).

Ann Offers Discount Tickets for Youth

Holland TaylorThe Broadway play Ann about former Texas governor Ann Richards may be closing on June 30, but in the last couple weeks before the one woman show starring Holland Taylor shutters, it is going to give young people ages 14-18 a special opportunity to get heavily discounted tickets.

The discount Ann tickets are priced at $20 each and are available for every remaining performance of the show, which plays at the Vivian Beamont Theater at Lincoln Center. They start selling the tickets each day when the box office opens, and they can also be purchased in advance for future shows. An I.D. is not required.

“Something in the spirit of Ann, herself, that she would love,” said Holland Taylor, announcing the new youth discount ticket policy. “Parents can come to the box office to buy their own tickets and bring their kids who can buy their own tickets. Groups of kids can come. Kids can come all by their lonesome. This is an unrestricted gift to the generation Ann cared about the most.”

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 6/16/2013

Total Broadway ticket sales took a little leap this week, increasing from last week’s $23,361,631 up to $24,770,172, an improvement of well over one million dollars. The Tony Awards, which aired on June 9, might have been responsible for the bump, if performances on the show spurred some theatergoers to rush out and see a Broadway play or musical right away. However, most post-Tony ticket buyers probably purchased tickets for dates further out. The increase was likely a bit of post-Tony excitement combined with New York City’s usual influx of summer tourists.

A whopping 11 Broadway shows earned more than a million dollars this week. Usual suspects like The Lion King, Wicked, and The Book of Mormon were on the list of course, as well as popular newcomers like Motown the Musical and Kinky Boots. But Pippin was the most notable entrant since it had not previously cracked the million mark. The musical revival no doubt got the boost due to its performance and success on the Tony Awards, nabbing the coveted Best Musical revival statuette.

The Gershwin love letter Nice Work If You Can Get It, starring Matthew Broderick, concluded its run on June 15. While the silly, upbeat musical didn’t finish up its final week as a millionaire, it still went out with respectable numbers. Even with competition from many newer, big buzz shows, Nice Work managed to fill up its theater to 77.45% capacity, selling tickets at an average paid admission of $83.02.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending June 16, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
ANN $185,623 3,303 37.10% $56.20
ANNIE $962,027 11,212 82.06% $85.80
CHICAGO $605,002 7,490 86.69% $80.77
CINDERELLA $1,059,352 11,292 80.61% $93.81
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS $854,203 6,040 97.17% $141.42
JERSEY BOYS $845,630 8,594 87.48% $98.40
KINKY BOOTS $1,474,349 11,496 100.91% $128.25
LUCKY GUY $1,367,394 9,556 101.06% $143.09
MACBETH $264,066 3,492 55.85% $75.62
MAMMA MIA! $816,487 9,352 78.04% $87.31
MATILDA $1,184,104 11,456 100.00% $103.36
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,441,448 12,142 100.71% $118.72
NEWSIES $908,475 9,483 100.03% $95.80
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $740,170 8,916 77.45% $83.02
ONCE $780,999 7,744 91.41% $100.85
PIPPIN $1,009,392 8,033 101.43% $125.66
ROCK OF AGES $400,236 4,358 93.44% $91.84
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,217,333 13,780 89.25% $88.34
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $366,549 4,510 86.73% $81.27
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,721,966 8,752 102.63% $196.75
THE LION KING $1,951,428 13,588 99.91% $143.61
THE NANCE $520,067 5,991 81.75% $86.81
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,097,933 12,630 98.36% $86.93
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $492,591 5,203 61.18% $94.67
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $654,304 6,080 96.57% $107.62
WICKED $1,849,045 13,338 92.16% $138.63
Totals: $24,770,172 227,831 87.69% $105.18

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

A Christmas Story Going to MSG, Not Broadway This Season

A Christmas Story, the MusicalThe Tony Award nominated musical A Christmas Story, which delighted Broadway audiences this past holiday season, will not return to Broadway this year. The show will still come to New York City, but it will play at the Theater at Madison Square Garden instead.

The Theater at MSG has been a popular venue for previous holiday-themed shows, such as A Christmas Carol the Musical and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, so it is a natural choice for the newest Christmas-themed musical. A Christmas Story the Musical will run there December 11th through the 29th.

Based on the well-loved 1983 movie of the same name, A Christmas Story is about the Christmastime adventures of a young boy named Ralphie living in 1940s Indiana. The show’s recent production at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater received three Tony Award nominations.

Kinky Boots To Launch National Tour

Kinky BootsFollowing its triumph at the Tonys, Best Musical award winner Kinky Boots is now set to hit the road. The hit Broadway musical will launch its national tour in 2014 from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kinky Boots has already been enjoying significant success on Broadway with strong ticket sales, but the Tony stamp approval is always important for giving a show an extra boost when it goes on tour. Kinky Boots not only won the Tony award for Best Musical, but it also took away five other trophies, including Best Score for Cyndi Lauper and Best Choreography for Jerry Mitchell.

Based on the indie film of the same name, Kinky Boots is about a young man named Charlie who inherits his late father’s failing shoe factory. A new friend makes Charlie realize that there is an untapped market who need custom ‘kinky’ boots that can support a manly frame while still looking fabulous.

Bridges of Madison County Coming to Broadway in 2014

The Bridges of Madison CountyRobert James Waller’s best-selling 1992 novel The Bridges of Madison County, which later became a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, will soon step onto the Broadway stage. Adapted by bookwriter Marsha Norman and composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County musical will start performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on January 13, 2014.

Directed by Bartlett Sher, the production will have a pre-Broadway premiere this August at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow will star in the Williamstown run, but casting for Broadway has not yet been announced.

A romantic favorite when it came out in book stores, The Bridges of Madison County is about a very brief love affair between a lonely Iowa housewife and a traveling National Geographic photographer. The novel was on the New York Times bestseller list for over three years.

Ann To Close on Broadway on June 30

Ann Broadway ShowJust a few days after the Tony Awards ceremony came the news of the first post-Tony casualty. Ann, the one-woman Broadway play written by and starring Holland Taylor in a tour-de-force performance, will ends its run at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on June 30. When it closes, the critically-acclaimed production will have played a total of 151 performances.

Some years it is a virtual bloodbath following the Tonys, as Broadway shows which have been barely holding on to dear life finally give up once their Tony hopes have been dashed. But this year most of the struggling shows didn’t even last until the Tonys. Since Ann is currently the Broadway show with the lowest weekly grosses, and star Holland Taylor did not win the Tony Award she was nominated for, it is not altogether surprising that the play is closing.

“The incomparable Holland Taylor has dedicated the last six years of her life creating and performing this beautiful play, a tribute to an indomitable American cultural hero, stated Ann producer Bob Boyett. “The impact it has had on audiences is indeed a consummate achievement and a monument to the legacy of Ann Richards. My producing partners and I could not be any more proud to have brought Ann to Broadway.”

Kinky Boots Broadway Cast Recording Tops Charts

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

Due to its score by pop legend Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots has been one of the most anticipated Broadway cast recordings of the season. The album, released on May 28, went straight to the top of Billboard’s Top Broadway Albums chart, debuting at #1. The Kinky Boots cast recording also placed #51 on the Top 200 chart, making it the highest-charting Broadway cast recording since the mega-hit The Book of Mormon.

Released on the Masterworks Broadway label, the Kinky Boots recording has a 15-song track list which includes songs such as “Sex is in the Heel,” “The History of Wrong Guys,” “Everybody Say Yeah,” “The Soul of a Man,” and the show’s rousing closer, “Raise You Up”.

Kinky Boots stars Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Stark Sands, and Annaleigh Ashford. The show’s music and lyrics are by Tony winner Cyndi Lauper (writing for Broadway for the first time), and the book is by Harvey Fierstein. The album has orchestrations, arrangements, and musical supervision by Stephen Oremus.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 6/9/2013

The first week of June saw a small increase in Broadway’s total ticket revenue.  Ticket sales went up from last week’s $23,307,202 to $23,361,631.  As schools are letting out and tourists filling New York City, hopefully this bump bodes well for Broadway’s summer sales.

Two of the season’s biggest hits have been star vehicles Lucky Guy (featuring Tom Hanks) and the one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (starring Bette Midler), which are both selling extremely well each week.  Though Lucky Guy has easily been beating I’ll Eat You Last in total weekly sales due to its being in a much larger theater, the average paid admission numbers show that Midler’s fans are forking over more money for their tickets.  While Lucky Guy is selling tickets at an average price of $141.25, I’ll Eat You Last is earning an average of $145.89 for each ticket.  The only show doing better than that is The Book of Mormon, which has a mind-boggling average admission of $197.37.

Most of the shows currently playing on Broadway seem to be enjoying relatively healthy numbers, but there are stragglers.  The lowest-grossing show currently is Ann, which is not even filling half of its theater and has an average paid admission of $57.00.  But with good reviews and word-of-mouth bringing in a steady — if small — stream of audience members, the low cost of running a one-woman play has made it possible for the production to continue thus far.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending June 9, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
ANN $227,618 3,993 44.85% $57.00
ANNIE $892,876 11,082 81.10% $80.57
CHICAGO $551,149 6,919 80.08% $79.66
CINDERELLA $888,246 10,039 71.67% $88.48
I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS $791,577 5,426 99.76% $145.89
JERSEY BOYS $859,329 8,409 85.60% $102.19
KINKY BOOTS $1,411,574 11,436 100.39% $123.43
LUCKY GUY $1,361,346 9,638 101.92% $141.25
MACBETH $303,522 3,928 62.83% $77.27
MAMMA MIA! $718,464 8,439 70.42% $85.14
MATILDA $1,138,232 11,457 100.01% $99.35
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,395,663 12,139 100.69% $114.97
NEWSIES $867,823 9,332 98.44% $92.99
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $591,160 7,291 63.33% $81.08
ONCE $782,041 7,661 90.43% $102.08
PIPPIN $931,349 7,914 99.92% $117.68
ROCK OF AGES $386,047 4,152 89.02% $92.98
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,034,228 12,403 80.33% $83.39
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $347,250 4,389 84.40% $79.12
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,727,367 8,752 102.63% $197.37
THE LION KING $1,868,936 13,513 99.36% $138.31
THE NANCE $501,724 5,864 80.02% $85.56
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,010,069 11,775 91.71% $85.78
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $450,484 5,103 60.01% $88.28
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $553,053 5,619 89.25% $98.43
WICKED $1,770,507 13,035 90.07% $135.83
Totals: $23,361,631 219,708 85.32% $102.85

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