Magic Mike Broadway Musical in the Works

Magic Mike

Magic Mike

The Next to Normal team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (who also wrote the new Broadway-bound musical If/Then) will team up with Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to adapt the recent film Magic Mike into a Broadway musical.

Magic Mike director Steven Soderbergh and star Channing Tatum will serve as producers on the musical. The popular 2012 movie, which co-starred Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer and Matt Bomer, was inspired by Tatum’s experience as a male stripper.

Another of the show’s producers, Reid Carolin, previously spoke to USA Today about the Magic Mike musical, saying, “We are working on it as a Broadway show, which would be a different story, more of a romp, more of a fun night out at a club with a story. I’m almost more excited about that than the movie because I think it’s the perfect thing for women to go see on Broadway, to be participants in the show.”

First Date Opens on Broadway Today

First DateThe brand new musical First Date opens today at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway. First Date, which began preview performances on July 9, is currently scheduled for an open run.

Starring Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck) and Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family on Broadway), First Date is — as the title aptly indicates — about two New Yorkers who go out on a first date that unfolds in real-time. Levi is Wall Street trader Aaron and Rodriguez plays artist Casey, and they are both attempting to get through the evening with their sanity intact as annoying relatives, old flames, and friends pop up to offer their unsolicited commentary.

Directed by Bill Berry, First Date has a book by Austin Winsberg, and music/lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. August Eriksmoen provides orchestrations, while Dominick Amendum supplies vocal and incidental music arrangements for the production.

Behind-the-Scenes Book About Broadway’s Spider-Man Due in November

Song of SpidermanPlaywright Glen Berger, who co-wrote the book to the Broadway musical Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, is documenting his experience during the show’s tumultuous development in the new book Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History. Published by Simon & Schuster, the book is due to hit stores on November 5.

In Song of Spider-Man, Berger describes his collaboration with director Julie Taymor and U2′s Bono and The Edge, who wrote the show’s score. He discusses the passion and ambition that went into the production, detailing both the highs and lows of the multi-year process that led to the creation of one of the most expensive and talked-about Broadway musicals of all time.

Glen Berger’s plays include O Lovely Glowworm and Underneath the Lintel. In addition to Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, he has worked on the musicals A Night in the Old Marketplace and On Words and Onwards.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/4/2013

Let It Be Broadway ShowBROADWAY TICKET REVENUE FALLS BY A MILLION
The month of August didn’t start off very well for Broadway, with total Broadway ticket sales falling from the previous week’s $24,169,058 down to $23,104,021 – a difference of over one million dollars.

NEW BROADWAY SHOWS STRUGGLE
The new Broadway season has gotten off to a slow start with four new shows, none of which is doing very impressively. Soul Doctor, First Date, Forever Tango, and Let It Be are all earning average paid admissions in the $50 to $70 range. Of the four, First Date is seeing the best attendance currently, with the theater capacity at 90.59%.

THE LION KING IS BROADWAY’S TOP SHOW
Disney’s long-running favorite The Lion King tops the chart this week. It was the only Broadway show to bring in over two million, coming in at $2,145,484. The second top earner was Wicked at $1,880,559, with The Book of Mormon close behind at $1,730,668.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending August 4, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
ANNIE $942,089 11,249 82.33% $83.75
CHICAGO $695,084 8,352 96.67% $83.22
CINDERELLA $1,077,805 11,440 81.67% $94.21
FIRST DATE $430,115 7,747 90.59% $55.52
FOREVER TANGO $332,317 5,000 67.35% $66.46
JERSEY BOYS $834,861 8,641 87.96% $96.62
KINKY BOOTS $1,636,476 11,482 100.79% $142.53
LET IT BE $377,941 7,090 52.66% $53.31
MAMMA MIA! $937,040 10,766 89.84% $87.04
MATILDA $1,286,980 11,542 100.75% $111.50
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,423,791 11,812 97.98% $120.54
NEWSIES $965,025 9,577 101.02% $100.76
ONCE $786,155 7,875 92.95% $99.83
PIPPIN $1,043,942 7,963 100.54% $131.10
ROCK OF AGES $406,126 4,359 93.46% $93.17
SOUL DOCTOR $295,901 4,532 81.16% $65.29
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,295,262 12,977 84.05% $99.81
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,730,668 8,752 102.63% $197.75
THE LION KING $2,145,484 13,604 100.03% $157.71
THE NANCE $352,327 4,932 67.30% $71.44
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,182,528 12,739 99.21% $92.83
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $475,842 5,529 65.02% $86.06
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $569,705 5,348 84.94% $106.53
WICKED $1,880,559 13,958 96.45% $134.73
Totals: $23,104,021 217,266 88.22% $101.32

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

Get Your Broadway Fix at 54 Below This Month

54 BelowThe very Broadway-friendly cabaret spot 54 Below will be showcasing a lot of talent from the Great White Way in August.

From August 5-11, Brazilian opera star Paulo Szot (South Pacific) takes on many beloved classics of the American songbook. Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera) will make her cabaret debut, performing an array of numbers from both classic and emerging songwriters on August 19 and 26 at 9:30pm.

Broadway fans should also be sure to check out “Broadway Swings” on August 7, 14, and 18. This event features swingin’ arrangements of Broadway tunes from musicals such as The King & I, Pippin, and Porgy & Bess.

The late night “Writer’s Block” series also offers an opportunity to hear from upcoming talent, and the “Broadway Trivia Night” on August 7 at 11:30pm gives Broadway super fans a chance to battle their wits and memories.

Broadway Composer Stephen Sondheim To Receive MacDowell Medal

Stephen SondheimOn August 11, Tony Award winning songwriter Stephen Sondheim will be honored with the 54th Edward MacDowell Medal during a ceremony at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. A national award presented each year to an American artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts, the MacDowell Medal has previously gone to such distinguished artists as Joan Didion, Edward Hopper, Merce Cunningham, and Sondheim’s writing partner on West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein.

Stephen Sondheim will receive the medal during a day-long event taking place from 11am to 5pm. Free and open to the public, the event will include appearances from company chairman Michael Chabon and author/theater critic Frank Rich.

Sondheim’s numerous Broadway credits as a composer and lyricist include Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Company, Follies, Assassins, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Sunday in the Park with George.

Find out more information about The MacDowell Colony at www.MacDowellColony.org.

Broadway Actors Go Solo at Birdland in August

Clarke Thorell

Clarke Thorell

The Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street, between 7th and 8th avenues) showcases the best of the Great White Way with the “Broadway at Birdland” series this month. Clarke Thorell (Annie, Titanic) will do an evening called “Songs I Wish I’d Written” on August 5 at 7pm. Thorell will sing songs by an eclectic range of musicians, including Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Sting, Chris Thile, and Adam Guettel.

Actress Julie Halston will perform “Classical Julie” on August 12 and 19 at 7pm, offering her unique take on Ibsen and other esteemed writers. And on August 26, actor/singer James Barbour (A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast) will perform a solo concert at 7pm.

To get tickets to these shows and others, call 212-581-3080 or visit online at www.BirdlandJazz.com.

Key Brand Entertainment Adds BroadwayBox to the KBE Family, Already Includes “Broadway Across America” Show Producer and the “Broadway.com” Ticket Brokerage

Broadway.comOne could expect that the official Broadway ticket vendors, the brokers who sell Broadway tickets at inflated prices, and the companies that offer Broadway discounts would all be in competition with each other. But with a couple of recent mergers and acquisitions, it appears that Broadway companies increasingly prefer to be involved on all ends of the Broadway ticket market – low, medium, high and now very high.

The company that owns the Broadway ticket broker site Broadway.com, Key Brand Entertainment (helmed by John Gore), recently bought BroadwayBox.com, a website that offers Broadway discount ticket codes. Some Broadway fans who enjoy using BroadwayBox codes to buy their theater tickets at a discount have expressed concern at the acquisition. They are worried that this change will enter the territory of ‘conflict of interest.’ At a minimum there are worries that Key Brand may diminish BroadwayBox discount offers altogether. But the worst case scenario is that Key Brand might plan to transform the site into another kind of overpriced ticket broker even though BroadwayBox had seemingly been moving in that direction prior to the acquisition, to one that offers after-market ticket prices (i.e. overpriced) when discounts aren’t available for those shows. This would not be wholly unexpected as Key Brand Entertainment is no stranger to investigating new paths for additional business revenue. For example, the BroadwayBox acquisition by Key Brand is not its first purchase – in December 2010 they bought Broadway.com, which was a first for them in Broadway ticket sales area, and as well as being a producer, they are also a distributor of live theatre in North America, and they also own Broadway Across America. So Key Brand Entertainment proverbially has their pennies in many buckets- or in these circumstances, the hard earned money of Broadway show fans in many of their pockets.

However, since BroadwayBox’s business model involves getting paid directly by the producers of Broadway shows for sending out e-mail blasts with Broadway discount ticket offers, it may make more sense for Key Brand to allow BroadwayBox to continue targeting the discount seekers. After all, a great deal of BroadwayBox users likely can’t or won’t pay $155 for a full-price Broadway show ticket anyway (let alone that plus the extra $40 or $50 that Broadway.com tacks on to the ticket price).

shubertThe Shubert Organization, Key Brand’s direct competitor, likely had the same idea in mind in 2011 when it purchased Plum Benefits, a service that offers discount codes for Broadway shows and other events directly to tens of thousands of large corporations and their millions of employees. Shubert also owns numerous Broadway theaters and handles the ticketing for all of them through its own ticketing service, Telecharge. Not every potential ticket buyer will be prepared to pay the full prices they see listed on Telecharge.com. But if that person sees the opportunity to buy a ticket to that same show at a discounted rate through Plum Benefits, then Shubert is winning a customer it would have otherwise lost. Whether the person buys a full-price ticket or a discounted ticket, if they order online or by phone, they still have to pay a Telecharge surcharge (usually $10-$15 per ticket) that ends up in The Shubert Organization’s pocket.

So Key Brand Entertainment now provides discount Broadway tickets (through BroadwayBox) and broker tickets (through Broadway.com), but it still lacks the complete picture that the Shubert Organization has already achieved, by missing a big spot in the corporate market.  We anticipate another potential acquisition by Key Brand Entertainment of corporateoffers.com or workingadvantage.com, allowing them to play with a full hand in the lucrative corporate market, thus creating an interest in all sectors of Broadway ticket sales.

As a side note, TheaterMania, yet another Broadway ticketing website, also takes a piece of both the high-end and low-end of the Broadway pie, but they did it without acquiring other companies. Originally a purely content-driven site, TheaterMania started offering discount codes and a papering service to budget-minded Broadway and Off-Broadway fans, only to eventually create its own full price ticketing service, OvationTix, which is used by many off-Broadway houses – but never on Broadway – due to the theatre agreements that preclude any new companies from entering the scene.

Whether or not these companies can continue to satisfy the entire spectrum of Broadway theatergoers remains to be seen, but so far it appears that they hope to make money off of all Broadway ticket buyers, from bargain hunters to those willing to pay top price.

Fred Dalton Thompson To Co-Star in A Time To Kill

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

Casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway production of A Time to Kill, the stage adaptation of John Grisham’s debut novel, which will start performances at the John Golden Theatre on September 28.

Sebastian Arcelus (Broadway’s Elf, TV’s House of Cards) will take on the role of defense attorney Jack Brigance, a breakout role for actor Matthew McConaughey in the 1996 film version. Actor and former senator Fred Dalton Thompson will make his Broadway debut in the production as Judge Noose.

Adapted by Rupert Holmes, the stage version of A Time to Kill will be helmed by Ethan McSweeny. James Noone will provide set design, David Woolard supplies costume design, and Jeff Croiter will do lighting. This is the first John Grisham book to be given a stage production.