Little Shop of Horrors Sing-along at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) October 25

Little Shop of HorrorsPeople who love show tunes usually love nothing more than singing along to their favorite cast recordings. Even if — or maybe especially if — they aren’t good enough at singing to perform onstage themselves. The Sing-along Sound of Music was one of the first events to capitalize on this by hosting special screenings of The Sound of Music in which attendees were encouraged to dress up as characters and to sing along during the movie’s musical numbers. Of course, even before that, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was well-known for its midnight screenings in which participants would even bring props.

Like Rocky Horror, the Little Shop of Horrors holds a certain cult status. The 1986 movie musical is based on the dark 1982 Off-Broadway musical written by writer/lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken (and the musical was in turn based on the 1960 Roger Corman film). On October 25 at 8pm, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will offer a sing-along screening of Little Shop of Horrors, which will even include an appearance by the movie’s star, Rick Moranis.

Little Shop of Horrors is about a meek florist by the name of Seymour Krelborn and his discovery of a strange plant species that eats people. The show, which features a mix of ’60s style rock/doo-wop and more traditional show tunes, is best remembered for songs like the ballad “Somewhere That’s Green” and the catchy title song.

The original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors starred Lee Wilkof and Ellen Greene, who reprised the role of Audrey for the movie. Little Shop didn’t make its Broadway debut until 2003, when a revival starring Hunter Foster, Kerry Butler, and Douglas Sills played the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre).

To find out more about the sing-along Little Shop of Horrors event being hosted by BAM, go to www.bam.org.

Annie Offers Tickets to People Who Adopt Shelter Dogs

Annie Broadway MusicalThe beloved Broadway musical Annie, which is currently enjoying a revival on Broadway, is well known for being about the plucky orphan Annie who optimistically sings about “Tomorrow”. But almost as well known is Annie’s adorable dog Sandy, who is her loyal companion during her adventures in New York City. Fittingly, Annie is now offering a free ticket giveaway throughout October in honor of Adopt-a-Dog month.

Anyone who decides to adopt a canine from one of the New York City animal shelters that is participating in the program will get a voucher that is good for two tickets to go see the current production of Annie on Broadway sometime during the month of November.

New York Animal Care & Control, The Humane Society of New York, Animal Haven, Sean Casey Animal Rescue and Louie’s Legacy are among the shelters taking part in Annie‘s free ticket offer for people who adopt dogs.

Annie, which is scheduled to end its Broadway run on January 5, 2014, is a big supporter of adopting pets, as evidenced by the fact that the show cast an actual shelter dog, Sunny, to play the part of the dog Sandy. Animal trainer Bill Berloni trained Sunny, who was chosen from a Houston shelter during a nationwide search, to become a Broadway “actor”.

Annie features young actress Taylor Richardson in the title role and currently co-stars Broadway regular Faith Prince as Miss Hannigan and Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks. Clarke Thorell, J. Elaine Marcos, and Jenni Barber also star in the production. Written by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan, Annie won several Tony Awards in 1977 during its original Broadway run.

The Adopt-a-Dog free ticket giveaway goes through October 31 while supplies last. Visit AnnietheMusical.com for more information about Annie the musical.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/13/2013

The Glass MenagerieANOTHER JUMP IN BROADWAY SALES
Total Broadway ticket sales continue to soar upwards as several new shows are in the process of opening on the Great White Way. Sales this week jumped by more than $3 million, going from last week’s $21,422,658 up to $24,614,027.

NEWEST SHOWS VIE FOR AUDIENCES
There are many new Broadway shows now competing to get audiences in seats right now.  So far Betrayal (which has movie star Daniel Craig in the lead) and The Glass Menagerie (which received glowing reviews) are the only genuine hits.  Most of the other shows — such as A Time to Kill, Big Fish, and First Date — are either struggling or doing decent business that is respectable but not necessarily good enough to keep them running very long.  However, even with less-than-stellar sales, many of these shows will make the effort to keep running for the next few months in order to take advantage of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, when Broadway inevitably sees its best ticket sales.

SOUL DOCTOR HAS A WEAK FINAL WEEK
The new show Soul Doctor, a biographical musical about the famed “rock ‘n’ roll rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach, ended its Broadway run without much advance notice this past Sunday, October 13.  Although Soul Doctor closed in a hurry, the writing was on the wall since it first began performances in the late summer, as the show never managed to do very strong business and was always offering considerable discounts on tickets.  In its last week, the tuner came close to filling its theater to 75% capacity, but the average paid admission was a mere $30.52 per ticket.

CLOSE RACE BETWEEN TOP FOUR BROADWAY SHOWS
Disney’s The Lion King came out on top this week with total earnings of $1,885,054, but its most close competitors came in very close.  Second place went to Wicked at $1,874,654, and third went to the smash hit The Book of Mormon at $1,844,539.  Coming in the fourth slot was Tony-winning newcomer Kinky Boots, which brought in $1,810,202.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending October 13, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $353,070 5,023 93.16% $70.29
A TIME TO KILL $278,494 5,464 85.16% $50.97
ANNIE $735,228 9,182 80.77% $80.07
BETRAYAL $1,112,027 7,371 100.00% $150.87
BIG FISH $856,110 10,112 89.58% $84.66
CHICAGO $684,614 7,961 92.14% $86.00
CINDERELLA $842,893 9,964 71.13% $84.59
FIRST DATE $448,331 6,559 76.70% $68.35
JERSEY BOYS $980,494 8,862 90.21% $110.64
KINKY BOOTS $1,810,202 11,480 100.77% $157.68
MAMMA MIA! $900,507 10,027 83.67% $89.81
MATILDA $1,430,085 11,499 100.38% $124.37
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,488,380 12,124 100.56% $122.76
NEWSIES $843,620 9,198 97.03% $91.72
ONCE $798,203 7,692 90.79% $103.77
PIPPIN $989,455 8,007 101.10% $123.57
ROCK OF AGES $399,628 4,090 87.69% $97.71
ROMEO AND JULIET $470,744 5,832 55.27% $80.72
SOUL DOCTOR $128,256 4,202 74.82% $30.52
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $956,929 11,243 88.78% $85.11
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,844,539 8,752 102.63% $210.76
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $724,363 6,327 101.65% $114.49
THE LION KING $1,885,054 13,603 100.02% $138.58
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,023,947 11,986 93.35% $85.43
THE SNOW GEESE $236,863 4,030 88.57% $58.77
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $317,826 3,148 98.71% $100.96
THE WINSLOW BOY $199,512 4,232 71.49% $47.14
WICKED $1,874,654 14,430 99.71% $129.91
Totals: $24,614,027 232,400 89.85% $99.29

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

Cast of Broadway’s Matilda To Perform at Barnes & Noble

Matilda Broadway MusicalThe hit British import Matilda is celebrating the release of its original Broadway cast recording with a special CD release event at the Upper East Side location of Barnes & Noble (86th Street and Lexington Avenue) on October 24 at 3pm.

Members of the current Broadway cast of Matilda the Musical will both perform and sign copies of the CD at the event. The recording is already available digitally, with the CD scheduled to be released to stores on October 22.

Available on the Broadway Records/Yellow Sound label, the Matilda Broadway cast recording comes in both standard and deluxe versions. In addition to the 24 tracks on the standard edition, the deluxe two additional numbers, the cut song “Perhaps a Child” and a recording of “Naughty” sung by all four of the young girls who play the role of Matilda on Broadway.

New NYC Production of The Drowsy Chaperone Benefits Autism Support

The Drowsy ChaperonePreviously a hit on Broadway, The Drowsy Chaperone returns to New York City in a new Off-Broadway production presented by the Blue Hill Troupe. The production is partnering with Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) to raise funds and awareness for the organization.

Stephen Agosto will direct and choreograph The Drowsy Chaperone, which will play the Theatre at St. Clement’s (located at 423 West 46th Street in the heart of the theater district) from November 1-9. The Blue Hill Troupe picks an NYC-based charity each year to raise money for.

The lively musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone has a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music/lyrics by Greg Morrison and Lisa Lambert — all of whom won Tony Awards for their efforts. Learn more about this production of The Drowsy Chaperone at bht.org.

Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rockstar Rabbi Closes Tonight (Sunday October 13)

Soul Doctor Broadway ShowSoul Doctor, the Broadway show that tried to combine Fiddler on the Roof , Jersey Boys, Hair and Motown The Musical closed after 32 preview performances and 66 regular performances on The Great White Way. The show had received mixed reviews both on and off Broadway, where it began last year.

The show was produced by Jeremy Chess and had been in the bottom five earning Broadway shows since it opened on July 17 2013. It offered orchestra tickets at just $77 to encourage theatre-goers, but to no avail. It failed to capture both the current vein of enthusiasm for Motown-esqe shows on Broadway and the Jewish community’s interest – with ultra soft sales since Labor day.
It is expected that this musical closed with an overall loss for financial investors.

Last weeks ticket sales were $111,912 with just 3,849 people attending that account for 68.50% of the available seats, but with a very low average of just $29.08 per ticket, presumably they were papering the theatre, to try to get something going before closing.

Broadway Smash Kinky Boots Recoups Investment

Kinky Boots Broadway ShowIn its first year on Broadway, Kinky Boots has already made back its original investment of $13.5 million, an impressive accomplishment for any Broadway musical. By comparison, current top show competitors of Kinky Boots, Wicked and The Book of Mormon recouped in 14 and 8 months respectively. And with little to no discounting, Kinky Boots profitability has no end in sight.

“We’re so happy that audiences have embraced Kinky Boots in such an overwhelming way,” stated the show’s lead producers, Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig. “We’re proud that this show offers people such great joy, Tony Award-winning talent, and financial success, and it’s exciting to be able to make this announcement in such a remarkably short time.”

Kinky Boots, which is based on the independent British movie of the same name, began performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 4. The musical went on to win several Tony Awards this past June, including Best Musical and Best Score for Cyndi Lauper.

Artists for World Peace Concert Features Broadway Performers

Artists for World Peace on BroadwayThe 3rd annual “Artists for World Peace on Broadway” benefit will give numerous Broadway performers an opportunity to gather to sing and dance in an intimate setting and raise money for a good cause at the same time. The event is scheduled for this Sunday, October 13 at 8:45pm.

The concert will feature Clarke Thorell (Annie, Hairspray), Stephen Carrasco (Kinky Boots, Ghost), Liana Hunt (Newsies), Natalie Gallo (Jersey Boys), Blake Whyte (Wicked), Ian Paget (Soul Doctor), and many others. The evening will close with an original Bollywood dance number choreographed by Monica Kapoor (Mamma Mia!).

“Artists for World Peace on Broadway” will be held at 54 Below (254 W. 54th Street). Tickets are $150, and proceeds from the event will support the non-profit Artists for World Peace, which works to feed and house the poor and to provide various community services. Learn more at ArtistsForWorldPeace.org.

A Night with Janis Joplin Rocks Broadway

A Night with Janis JoplinThe new Broadway production A Night with Janis Joplin, which began previews last month, officially opens at the Lyceum Theatre today. Originally known as One Night with Janis Joplin, the music revue played at several venues across the country prior to arriving on the Great White Way.

Mary Bridget Davies makes her Broadway debut in the iconic role of Janis Joplin, singing many of the songs that the rock legend made famous, including “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” and “Me and Bobby McGee”. She is joined by an onstage band. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, A Night with Janis Joplin is set for an open run on Broadway.

The show has had a pretty strong start in ticket sales. Last week, the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street was at 84.50% capacity with 4,555 attending, which is impressive for a newer show. However, it had a lower than average $61.88 ticket resulting in total sales of $281,871. So will A Night with Janis Joplin turn into many nights on Broadway? We will have to see. If the Off-Broadway hit Love, Janis from several years ago and the positive response to the current production is any indication, then A Night may burn brightly for many months to come, if Mary Bridget Davies impressive voice can hold up to the harrowing schedule of eight shows a week.

The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway Closes Tonight

The Trip To Bountiful Broadway ShowThe Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful ends its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre today. The play first premiered on Broadway in 1953 in the very same spot, back when it was known as Henry Miller’s Theatre.

Written by the late Horton Foote, The Trip to Bountiful debuted as a televised play on NBC a few months before opening on Broadway. It is also well-known from its 1985 film version starring Geraldine Page, who won an Oscar for her performance.

This latest production starred Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts, the elderly woman who slips away from her son and daughter-in-law’s cramped Houston home and takes a bus to see her beloved hometown of Bountiful one last time. When it opened, the production co-starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, and Condola Rashad.

This production closed with a respectful $673,002 of ticket sales  in its last week, with over 87% of the theatre seats sold, totaling 6474 patrons paying an average of $103.95 per ticket. The show ran for 178 performances that opened on April 23 2013 following previews that began March 30 2013 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at 124 West 43rd Street, New York City

The show was nominated for four Tony Awards, including:
Best Actress in a Play (Cicely Tyson),
Best Featured Actress in a Play (Condola Rashad),
Best Sound Design for a Play (John Gromada)
Best Revival of a Play.

Tyson won the Tony Award for her performance as Mother Carrie Watts.