Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/6/2013

Broadway ticket revenue is indicating that the new fall season is finally getting into gear.  Total Broadway sales shot up from last week’s $19,453,418 to $21,422,658, a significant increase of nearly $2 million.

In his return to Broadway, Daniel Craig (the current 007 in the James Bond movie franchise) is joined by his real-life wife and film actress Rachel Weisz in the Harold Pinter play revival Betrayal, and even in the first week of preview performances the duo are attracting big audiences. Performances were completely sold out, with the average paid admission at a hefty $149.34.

The new play The Snow Geese, produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club and starring Mary-Louise Parker, saw fairly good attendance in its first week, filling to 81.10% capacity.  But the average ticket price was quite low at just $54.20.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending October 6, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $281,871 4,555 84.50% $61.88
A TIME TO KILL $215,552 3,784 67.40% $56.96
ANNIE $478,876 6,387 56.20% $74.98
BETRAYAL $1,100,818 7,371 100.00% $149.34
BIG FISH $643,550 10,434 95.40% $61.68
CHICAGO $555,450 6,939 80.30% $80.05
CINDERELLA $639,996 7,821 55.80% $81.83
FIRST DATE $324,767 5,410 63.30% $60.03
JERSEY BOYS $889,467 8,527 86.80% $104.31
KINKY BOOTS $1,629,721 11,469 100.70% $142.10
MAMMA MIA! $768,298 8,994 75.10% $85.42
MATILDA $1,170,047 11,250 98.20% $104.00
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,394,785 11,630 96.50% $119.93
NEWSIES $676,380 7,871 83.00% $85.93
ONCE $672,833 6,683 78.90% $100.68
PIPPIN $894,252 7,582 95.70% $117.94
ROCK OF AGES $391,241 4,331 92.90% $90.33
ROMEO AND JULIET $366,705 5,108 48.40% $71.79
SOUL DOCTOR $111,912 3,849 68.50% $29.08
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $654,748 9,392 74.20% $69.71
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,760,259 8,752 102.60% $201.13
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $641,797 6,162 99.00% $104.15
THE LION KING $1,722,720 13,287 97.70% $129.65
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $850,637 10,512 81.90% $80.92
THE SNOW GEESE $200,041 3,691 81.10% $54.20
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $673,002 6,474 87.00% $103.95
THE WINSLOW BOY $169,325 3,531 59.60% $47.95
WICKED $1,543,608 13,328 92.10% $115.82
Totals: $21,422,658 215,124 82.24% $92.35

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

Big Fish Opens on Broadway

Big Fish Broadway ShowThe new Broadway musical Big Fish, which began preview performances at September 5, opens today at the Neil Simon Theatre. Based on the Daniel Wallace novel and the subsequent Tim Burton film of the same name, Big Fish is scheduled for an open run.

Big Fish is about the relationship between a tall-tale telling traveling salesman named Edward Bloom and his grown son Will, who wants to find out the origin of his father’s many wild stories.

Broadway favorite Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) stars in the Broadway production of Big Fish, and he is joined by co-stars Bobby Steggert and Kate Baldwin. Susan Stroman directs and choreographs, while Julian Crouch provides set designs.

Jazz Musicians Announced for Broadway’s After Midnight

After Midnight Broadway MusicalThe forthcoming Broadway music revue After Midnight, which has already announced cast members Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill along with featured singer Fantasia Barrino, now has its line-up of musicians set to serve as the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars.

Selected by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, the All-Stars will include Gregory Gisbert, Bruce Harris, James Zollar, and Alfonso Horne on trumpets; Arthur Baron, James Burton III, and Wayne Goodman on trombones; Godwin Louis, Mark Gross, Andrew Farber, Daniel Block, and Kurt Bacher on woodwinds; James Chirillo on guitar; Adam Birnbaum on piano; Jennifer Vincent on bass; and Alvester Garnett on drums.

After Midnight starts preview performances at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 18, with an opening night scheduled for November 3.

Wicked Celebrates 10th Anniversary This Month

Wicked Broadway MusicalThe hit Broadway musical Wicked has been playing on the Great White Way for 10 years now, and the show is celebrating by releasing a deluxe two-disc edition of its original Broadway cast recording (available for digital download on October 29 and in stores on November 19).

The deluxe 10th Anniversary Wicked cast recording will feature bonus tracks, the single “Popular Song” by MIKA, new artwork, and a booklet that includes new essays by songwriter Stephen Schwartz and novelist Gregory Maguire. A vinyl edition of the album will also be available, directly for purchase at the Gershwin Theatre where Wicked plays or on

Other Wicked 10th anniversary celebrations taking place this month include a showcase of the musical’s memorabilia and costumes at the NBC Experience Store at Rockefeller Center, as well as Facebook and Twitter promotions that will offer prizes to fans.

Direct From Broadway Series Coming Soon To Movie Theaters

Direct from BroadwayBroadway fans will get several opportunities to see Broadway musicals on the big screen this fall when the “Direct from Broadway” series by Specticast presents special screenings of Broadway shows.

The series will feature five musicals, including Tony Award winning Memphis, the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller rock ‘n’ roll revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the Stephen Sondheim musical revue Putting It Together, Jekyll & Hyde starring David Hasselhoff, and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies.

Tapings of these shows will be screened at select movie theater across the country in October, November, and December. To find out where “Direct from Broadway” screenings will take place, visit

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/29/2013

There was a small decrease in overall Broadway ticket sales this week, as revenue went from the previous week’s $19,497,278 down to $19,453,418, a drop of approximately $45,000.

The new Broadway play adaptation A Time to Kill marks the first time that a John Grisham novel has made its way to the stage, and even though it has only just begun previews, the production is coming close to selling out its theater at 96.67% capacity.  The average paid admission is a modest $70.81, though, indicating that the production is selling many of its preview performance tickets at a discounted price.

Disney’s The Lion King, the perennial Broadway favorite, took its much-frequented spot as #1 on the chart this week, grossing $1,710,914.  The Book of Mormon was a close second place at $1,699,204.  Those two musicals have spent most of the year being joined by Wicked in the Top 3, but relative newcomer Kinky Boots beat out the long-running Wizard of Oz prequel, out-grossing it by well over a million dollars.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending September 29, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $271,564 4,372 81.08% $62.11
A TIME TO KILL $54,952 776 96.76% $70.81
ANNIE $441,059 6,320 55.59% $69.79
BIG FISH $736,722 10,048 91.88% $73.32
CHICAGO $540,459 6,713 77.70% $80.51
CINDERELLA $615,987 7,689 54.89% $80.11
FIRST DATE $306,593 4,734 55.36% $64.76
JERSEY BOYS $861,977 8,531 86.84% $101.04
KINKY BOOTS $1,604,362 11,480 100.77% $139.75
MAMMA MIA! $725,606 8,688 72.50% $83.52
MATILDA $1,148,640 11,013 96.13% $104.30
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,384,216 11,630 96.47% $119.02
NEWSIES $663,518 7,920 83.54% $83.78
ONCE $653,267 6,622 78.16% $98.65
PIPPIN $888,583 7,764 98.03% $114.45
ROCK OF AGES $377,822 4,259 91.32% $88.71
ROMEO AND JULIET $450,894 6,030 57.15% $74.78
SOUL DOCTOR $134,027 3,245 66.04% $41.30
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $621,960 8,950 70.67% $69.49
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,699,204 8,752 102.63% $194.15
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $511,429 5,892 94.67% $86.80
THE LION KING $1,710,914 13,586 99.90% $125.93
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $848,934 10,536 82.06% $80.57
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $566,482 5,769 77.53% $98.19
THE WINSLOW BOY $166,477 3,664 61.89% $45.44
WICKED $1,467,774 12,923 89.30% $113.58
Totals: $19,453,418 197,906 81.49% $90.96

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