Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/15/2013

After a significant drop in Broadway ticket revenue last week, sales are up this week, but only by less than $200,000.  The numbers rose from the previous week’s overall take of $18,374,969 up slightly to $18,556,316.

Now in its second week of previews, the revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic drama The Glass Menagerie starring Cherry Jones (Doubt) and Zachary Quinto (the Star Trek movies) is doing fairly good ticket sales, especially for a play.  This week the production filled the theater to 91.32% capacity, with its average paid admission at $81.93 per ticket.

The limited run production of the dance revue Forever Tango concluded this past Sunday with less-than-stellar ticket sales.  At 54.67% capacity, the theater was only a little more than half full, and average paid admission was just $54.22.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending September 15, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
ANNIE $467,612 6,941 61.06% $67.37
BIG FISH $582,583 8,836 92.34% $65.93
CHICAGO $618,659 7,787 90.13% $79.45
CINDERELLA $650,464 8,162 58.27% $79.69
FIRST DATE $340,514 5,942 69.48% $57.31
FOREVER TANGO $220,070 4,059 54.67% $54.22
JERSEY BOYS $847,978 8,815 89.73% $96.20
KINKY BOOTS $1,529,670 11,288 99.09% $135.51
MAMMA MIA! $716,290 8,886 74.15% $80.61
MATILDA $1,041,882 10,485 91.52% $99.37
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,241,903 10,476 86.89% $118.55
NEWSIES $454,268 5,191 87.61% $87.51
ONCE $653,560 7,121 84.05% $91.78
PIPPIN $843,779 7,601 95.97% $111.01
ROCK OF AGES $368,747 4,474 95.93% $82.42
ROMEO AND JULIET $471,807 8,010 75.91% $58.90
SOUL DOCTOR $97,659 2,736 55.68% $35.69
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $731,212 9,620 75.96% $76.01
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,691,518 8,752 102.63% $193.27
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $465,685 5,684 91.32% $81.93
THE LION KING $1,697,637 13,408 98.59% $126.61
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $898,375 11,783 91.77% $76.24
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $471,537 5,505 73.98% $85.66
WICKED $1,452,909 13,995 96.70% $103.82
Totals: $18,556,316 195,557 83.06% $89.38

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

Broadway’s Cheyenne Jackson To Perform at Carnegie Hall

Cheyenne JacksonA regular on Broadway, Cheyenne Jackson will soon be bringing Broadway to one of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, Carnegie Hall. On November 29, Jackson will present a program of songs from Broadway shows, with the help of the Manhattan Chorale and the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

The evening will feature famed Broadway overtures played by the orchestra, choral numbers from the Chorale, and Cheyenne Jackson will take on notable Broadway solo songs. Jackson is expected to be joined by other Broadway stars yet to be announced.

Cheyenne Jackson’s numerous Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow, Xanadu, Aida, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. His breakout role was in the shortly-lived All Shook Up, and he was most recently seen on Broadway in the play The Performers.

For tickets to “Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall,” call 212-247-7800 or go to Tickets start at $20.

Off-Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Moving To Midtown

Natasha, PierreThe acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, which just concluded a run in the Meat Packing district on September 2, will be moving to the midtown theater district for a limited 14-week run beginning September 24.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet‘s home, Kazino, was a supper club style venue that had been built and designed specifically for the show to create an immersive theatrical experience. The venue will be relocated to a lot on West 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, right off of Times Square.

“Once the show caught on downtown, we explored a number of options of where it could continue following our summer engagement, and we’re very fortunate to have found a prime spot in the heart of the theater district,” stated the musical’s producers. “We’re ecstatic that audience response has made it possible for us to keep The Great Comet burning brightly in New York.”

Holland Taylor To Host Broadway Salutes

Holland TaylorThe 5th Annual “Broadway Salutes” celebration is scheduled to take place on September 24 at the Times Square Visitor Center, located at 1560 Broadway, in the heart of the theater district. Holland Taylor, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for her turn in the one-woman play Ann, will host the event.

Presented by The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds along with the Broadway League, “Broadway Salutes” is a public celebration that honors theater industry professionals who have practiced their crafts for 25, 35, or 50 years. Make-up artists, dressers, designers, stagehands, press, theater owners, agents, musicians, and producers are among the many theater workers eligible to be honored.

“Broadway Salutes is an occasion for our community to acknowledge the hundreds of people who work on Broadway, behind the scenes and on stage,” stated Broadway Salutes co-chair Carl Mulert. “On this day, the artists as well as the crafts people and technicians, artist representatives and a myriad of other persons who are never seen by the audience will be honored for their remarkable talent.”

The Broadway Salutes ceremony will begin at 4pm. For more information on the event, visit

Broadway Flea Market and Auction Scheduled for September 22

Broadway Flea MarketThe 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is coming up on Sunday, September 22. The beloved yearly event will take place from 10am until 7pm in Shubert Alley, located on West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

The flea market gives Broadway fans the chance to purchase theater memorabilia, ranging from old Playbills and show posters to more unique items like stage props and costumes. Actual cast members often man the tables, frequently selling homemade baked goods in addition to show-related items.

For fans who have truly been saving up their pennies, the afternoon auction features many impressive offerings. There are walk-on roles and backstage opportunities for Broadway musicals like Kinky Boots and The Lion King, a chance to have lunch with Judith Light and Angela Lansbury, signed and handwritten musical phrases by everyone from Cyndi Lauper to Stephen Schwartz, a t-shirt worn onstage by Tom Hanks, and much more.

The event will also feature a celebrity autograph table and photo booth, giving fans the chance to meet many Broadway and TV celebrities in person. Visit to find out more about the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction and a detailed list of auction items.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/8/2013

If there was any doubt that summer vacation in Broadway land is now over, one need only look at this week’s overall ticket revenue.  Total Broadway ticket sales took a dive the first week of September, dropping from $20,496,640 down to $18,374,969.  With vacationers now back home, kids returning to school, and locals concentrating on work, the Great White Way isn’t getting as much attention right now.  But as the season’s new shows start rolling out, interest should gradually pick up over the next few weeks.

This years Broadway week promotion of 2 for 1 tickets (A discount that no Broadway show is usually allowed to do – as dictated by the Shuberts) had a significant affect in raising attendance in a normally “soft” period, but the discounts ate into revenue, lowering total revenue by 10%. The big surprise is that 2 of the top 5 Broadway shows discounted their tickets for this annual promotion and even though they could have sold the tickets at face value, both Lion King and Wicked took the hit to drum up some promotion, not that they needed it given their track record of stellar sales. They did however, move down a notch in sales, Lion King moved from 1st place to 2nd and Wicked from 3rd place to 4th. It is anticipated that they will move back to their normal spots after Broadway Week ends, which is on September 15. Kinky Boots, Motown and The Book Of Mormon chose not to participate in Broadway Week, but given Book of Mormon’s ongoing war with ticket brokers, they probably felt that a discount ticket offer would not reach consumers and and fall into ticket brokers hands instead.

Although late summer saw a few new productions opening, it isn’t until autumn that the more hotly anticipated Broadway shows start making their way to the theater district.  Big Fish, starring Norbert Leo Butz, is one of the fall’s more eagerly awaited new musicals.  In its first week, the show quite impressively filled its theater to 100.95% capacity.  Meanwhile the average admission was okay, but not great, at $69.48 per ticket.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending September 8, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
ANNIE $595,536 8,500 74.77% $70.06
BIG FISH $383,543 5,520 100.95% $69.48
CHICAGO $587,646 7,280 84.26% $80.72
CINDERELLA $686,831 8,565 61.14% $80.19
FIRST DATE $349,853 6,005 70.22% $58.26
FOREVER TANGO $190,462 3,876 52.21% $49.14
JERSEY BOYS $785,299 8,425 85.76% $93.21
KINKY BOOTS $1,507,607 11,212 98.42% $134.46
MAMMA MIA! $726,845 8,926 74.48% $81.43
MATILDA $1,099,556 10,102 88.18% $108.85
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,277,120 10,799 89.57% $118.26
NEWSIES $666,148 7,862 82.93% $84.73
ONCE $592,222 6,603 77.94% $89.69
PIPPIN $802,535 6,869 86.73% $116.83
ROCK OF AGES $358,542 4,252 91.17% $84.32
ROMEO AND JULIET $442,142 6,227 67.44% $71.00
SOUL DOCTOR $110,717 3,515 62.59% $31.50
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $790,714 9,631 76.05% $82.10
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,692,289 8,752 102.63% $193.36
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $318,952 3,847 82.41% $82.91
THE LION KING $1,680,327 13,520 99.41% $124.28
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $894,516 11,275 87.81% $79.34
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $461,684 5,676 76.28% $81.34
WICKED $1,373,885 13,339 92.17% $103.00
Totals: $18,374,969 190,578 81.90% $90.35

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

Celebrated Cabaret Revival Returning to Broadway

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

It’s not often that a revival is revived on Broadway, but the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 1998 Tony Award-winning revival of the musical Cabaret is returning to Broadway in 2014. What’s more, the production’s original star, Alan Cumming, will also be reprising his performance as the Emcee.

Starring alongside Alan Cumming will be Michelle Williams, the Oscar-nominated actress known for her work in films such as Brokeback Mountain and Blue Valentine. This will mark her Broadway debut.

“I’m delighted to be stepping back into the Kit Kat Klub one more time,” stated director Sam Mendes, “and to be having the opportunity to re-explore and re-discover this extraordinary musical alongside two equally extraordinary performers.”

Cabaret will start preview performances at Studio 54 (the same theater where the earlier production played) on March 21, 2014, with an opening night scheduled for April 24.

Heather Headley and Il Divo Headed to Broadway

Il DivoThe operatic vocal quartet Il Divo are coming to Broadway for a very limited engagement this season. The four-man group formed by music impresario Simon Cowell (American Idol) will do six concerts at the Marquis Theatre, from November 7-13.

Joining Il Divo as a special guest at all of the concert performances will be actress and recording artist Heather Headley. Headley earned many ardent supporters in the Broadway community for her turns in The Lion King and Aida, but hasn’t been on the Great White Way since.

Il Divo’s appearance on Broadway comes just as the group is scheduled to release a new recording featuring a collection of show tunes. The album will feature guest performances by Broadway and theater performances like Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Ball, and Barbra Streisand.

In their Broadway concerts, Il Divo will be performing songs from a number of well-known Broadway musicals, including West Side Story, Carousel, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Annie To Close on Broadway in January

Annie Broadway MusicalThe producers of the Broadway revival of Annie have announced that the production will close on January 5, 2014. Annie, which opened on Broadway in November of 2012, will close having played over 500 performances.

The original Broadway production of Annie opened in 1977, won seven Tony Awards, and played more than 2,000 performances. In addition to the current revival, there was also a revival in 1997.

Written by Charles Strouse (music), Martin Charnin (lyrics), and Thomas Meehan (book), Annie is a musical based on the famed comic strip about an orphan girl living in Depression-era New York City. It is best known for memorable songs such as “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life”.

Geoffrey Rush To Star in Film of Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone

Geoffrey RushIt has been announced that the forthcoming film version of the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone will star film and stage actor Geoffrey Rush. Rush will play the role of Man in Chair, a part that he played on stage in the Australian premiere of the show in 2010.

Geoffrey Rush has starred in numerous movie, including Shakespeare in Love and The King’s Speech, which both earned him Oscar nominations. He actually won the Oscar for his career-making performance in Shine. Rush has performed once on Broadway in the play Exit the King, and earned a Tony Award for his performance.

The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical comedy, has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music and lyrics by Gregg Morrison and Lisa Lambert. The film is expected to start shooting in 2014.