Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/29/2013

Overall ticket sales for Broadway during Christmas week were phenomenal, leaping by more than 10 million dollars from the previous week’s take of $27,539,204 all the way up to sales of $38,783,854.

The long-running hit Wicked blew past the competition over Christmas and, incredibly, earned over $3 million, coming into the chart’s top spot with a weekly total of $3,201,333.  Completely selling out the gigantic Gershwin Theatre, Wicked managed to earn a very high average paid admission of $184.49.  In the #2 spot, The Lion King was several million behind at $2,837,158, though that is still an extremely impressive weekly gross.  Kinky Boots, Spider-man, and The Book of Mormon were the other shows to earn over two million.

Though the new musical Big Fish hasn’t been able to compete even close to the level of Broadway’s top musicals, the tuner did respectable business in its final week on Broadway, coming close to making a million with its weekly total of $950,667.  The show played to 87.90% capacity, and the average ticket price paid was $85.16.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending December 29, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,403,415 8,770 99.50% $160.02
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $816,932 7,602 93.13% $107.46
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $444,357 4,943 73.56% $89.90
AFTER MIDNIGHT $891,410 7,529 90.84% $118.40
ANNIE $1,566,847 13,226 116.34% $118.47
BEAUTIFUL $838,845 7,160 87.23% $117.16
BETRAYAL $1,442,087 9,477 100.00% $152.17
BIG FISH $950,667 11,163 87.90% $85.16
CHICAGO $1,059,107 8,792 101.76% $120.46
CINDERELLA $1,479,890 13,523 96.54% $109.44
FIRST DATE $514,551 6,584 76.99% $78.15
JERSEY BOYS $1,285,451 9,619 97.91% $133.64
KINKY BOOTS $2,247,240 12,914 100.76% $174.02
MACBETH $384,940 5,746 68.60% $66.99
MACHINAL $111,626 2,772 63.55% $40.27
MAMMA MIA! $1,172,129 10,269 97.86% $114.14
MATILDA $1,732,800 11,544 100.77% $150.10
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,708,597 12,070 100.12% $141.56
NEWSIES $1,278,045 10,762 100.91% $118.76
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $911,906 8,485 98.85% $107.47
ONCE $1,035,178 8,482 100.12% $122.04
PIPPIN $1,245,604 8,025 101.33% $155.22
ROCK OF AGES $612,102 5,114 97.47% $119.69
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $2,176,436 16,803 96.64% $129.53
THE BOOK OF MORMON $2,145,404 8,752 102.63% $245.13
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $660,124 5,515 88.61% $119.70
THE LION KING $2,837,158 15,307 100.05% $185.35
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,843,296 14,622 101.23% $126.06
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $786,377 7,464 101.45% $105.36
WICKED $3,201,333 17,352 100.00% $184.49
Totals: $38,783,854 290,386 94.37% $126.54

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

Broadway’s Big Fish Closes Today

Big Fish Broadway ShowBroadway will say goodbye to a number of shows as the holiday season comes to a close. Broadway shows that have been struggling to maintain an audience frequently set their closing dates for early January, taking advantage of the final burst of holiday ticket sales before the bleak winter months in which Broadway struggles the most.  However, Big Fish, which ends its run at the Neil Simon Theatre today, is concluding a bit earlier, closing its production before New Year’s Day.

Based on the book and film of the same name, Big Fish starred Norbert Leo Butz as a big dreaming traveling salesman who loved to tell tall tales. With a heart-tugging father-and-son story and big, bold set and costume designs, Big Fish captured many theatergoers’ imaginations, but unfortunately not enough to continue running.  The musical will close having played 34 previews and just under 100 regular performances.

Broadway’s 700 Sundays Will Be Taped To Air on HBO

Billy Crystal 700 SundaysBilly Crystal’s return production of 700 Sundays, which is playing for a limited time at the Imperial Theatre through January 5, has proved to be a major Broadway hit this season. But if you haven’t been able to score tickets to Crystal’s one-man show, you will be able to see it on HBO next year. On January 3 and 4, 700 Sundays will be taped to broadcast in 2014 on the premium cable network.

“Billy Crystal has been a beloved member of the HBO family for more than three decades,” stated president of HBO Programming, Michael Lombardo. “It’s thrilling to us that he decided to let us film this legendary theatrical event.”

700 Sundays, which originally played on Broadway several years ago (and won a 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event), is Billy Crystal’s dramatic memoir in which he talks about growing up in New York City and in particular the cherished Sundays that he spent with his dad.

Jersey Boys To Offer Guarantee For Inclement Weather

Jersey Boys Broadway ShowThe long-running hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, playing at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City, has announced that it will be offering a “Winter Weather Guarantee” to people who buy tickets for performances taking place from January 2 to March 30, 2014.

Given that winter storms can wreak havoc on the roads and shut down airports, this guarantee is particularly helpful for tourists or people who have to commute significant distances to get into the city.

The guarantee allows Jersey Boys ticket holders to exchange tickets for those performances for tickets to any other performance that is currently on sale. Learn more about the details of the “Winter Weather Guarantee” policy at

Bebe Neuwirth Returning to Broadway’s Chicago

Bebe NeuwirthStage and television performer Bebe Neuwirth (TV’s Cheers and Frasier) earned a Tony Award for her turn as Velma Kelly in the long-running Broadway revival of the musical Chicago back in 1997. Years later, she returned to the production to play the show’s other main role, Roxie Hart. And now Bebe Neuwirth will be graduating to a third role, that of the matron Mama Morton, when she comes back to Chicago again for a limited engagement early next year.

“Simply put, Bebe Neuwirth is Chicago,” stated producer Barry Weissler. “This January she’s back again, now as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, making her the first leading lady in Broadway history to play all three principal roles.”

Bebe Neuwirth is scheduled to be in the show from January 14 to March 9, 2014. Chicago plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre, located at 219 West 49th Street.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/22/2013

Overall revenue on Broadway increased by nearly a million this week, with sales rising from $26,577,878 to $27,539,204. This bump is surely due to the swell of tourists coming into New York for the holidays.

The Roundabout Theatre Company picked an unusual time, right amidst the holiday bustle, to start preview performances of its latest production, Machinal — perhaps hoping to capitalize from the tourist infusion. However, sales were unimpressive with an average paid admission of $35.01 and a theater filled to 69.19% capacity.

A pair of Broadway heavyweights made it past the two million mark this week, The Lion King and Wicked. The Lion King came out as the week’s top earner with $2,206,379 (a change in a recent trend that has normally had Wicked at the top). Wicked came in second with $2,153,098. As is typical, The Book of Mormon had the #3 spot, but, at $1,962,932, it did not make it into the Two Millionaires Club.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending December 22, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,064,456 7,549 85.65% $141.01
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $539,230 5,666 78.09% $95.17
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $291,763 3,518 57.79% $82.93
AFTER MIDNIGHT $612,939 6,180 74.57% $99.18
ANNIE $1,037,800 11,830 104.06% $87.73
BEAUTIFUL $711,141 7,056 85.96% $100.79
BETRAYAL $1,276,143 8,424 100.00% $151.49
BIG FISH $538,081 7,925 70.21% $67.90
CHICAGO $594,505 7,026 81.32% $84.62
CINDERELLA $881,703 9,795 69.92% $90.02
FIRST DATE $361,670 5,599 65.47% $64.60
JERSEY BOYS $871,578 8,130 82.76% $107.21
KINKY BOOTS $1,719,272 11,080 97.26% $155.17
MACBETH $334,034 5,769 68.88% $57.90
MACHINAL $70,446 2,012 69.19% $35.01
MAMMA MIA! $627,873 7,200 77.19% $87.20
MATILDA $1,286,509 11,265 98.33% $114.20
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,407,739 10,970 90.99% $128.33
NEWSIES $805,718 8,767 92.48% $91.90
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $720,707 7,767 90.48% $92.79
ONCE $722,299 6,666 78.68% $108.36
PIPPIN $831,288 7,150 90.28% $116.26
ROCK OF AGES $351,984 3,576 87.63% $98.43
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,203,125 12,755 100.72% $94.33
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,962,932 8,752 102.63% $224.28
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $504,049 4,379 70.36% $115.11
THE LION KING $2,206,379 13,399 98.52% $164.67
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,005,309 10,896 84.86% $92.26
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $845,435 8,524 101.38% $99.18
WICKED $2,153,098 14,486 95.40% $148.63
Totals: $27,539,204 244,11 85.03% $106.55

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

Christmas Week on Broadway

Rockefeller Christmas treeThe week of Christmas is always unusually busy on Broadway, but performance schedules often change during this time, so it is important to keep this in mind if you or your family plans to catch a Broadway show during the holidays.

December 24, Christmas Eve Day, which is a Tuesday this year, will see very little activity on Broadway. Most plays and musicals are canceling performances on that day. The only exceptions are Betrayal, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Lion King, Newsies, and Spider-man all have 2pm matinees on the 24th. Macbeth will have a 7pm performance that night.

On Christmas Day, December 25, roughly half the shows on Broadway will have evening performances, but several will be canceling their normal evening shows. Even though it’s a Wednesday, when matinees are usually plentiful, no Broadway shows have matinees scheduled for Christmas Day.

To make up for performances canceled right over the Christmas holiday, many shows will be adding a matinee on Thursday, December 26 and a handful of other shows will add a Friday matinee.

To see the complete Christmas holiday schedule, click here.

The Nanny’s Fran Drescher To Feature in Cinderella on Broadway

Fran DrescherTelevision star Fran Drescher, best known for her role on The Nanny, will be making her Broadway debut next year when she takes on the role of Cinderella’s stepmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway.

Fran Drescher will begin her stint in Cinderella on February 4, 2014 and is scheduled to stay with the show for ten weeks until April 13. Drescher will be replacing Broadway regular Harriet Harris, who has been playing the part of the stepmother since Cinderella opened earlier this year.

In addition to her work on The Nanny, which earned her two Emmys, Drescher was most recently on the sitcom Happily Divorced. She also has plenty of stage experience, having performed Off-Broadway in plays such as The Exonerated and Some Girl(s).

James Franco, Leighton Meester To Star in Broadway Of Mice and Men

James FrancoThe classic John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men will come to the Broadway stage early next year in a new production starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester. Anna D. Shapiro will direct the production, which will mark the first time that Of Mice and Men has been seen on Broadway in 40 years.

James Franco (Oz the Great and Powerful, 127 Hours) will take on the main role of George, while O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) will play his sweet but simple-minded friend Lennie. Meester (TV’s Gossip Girl) will play Curley’s wife.

Of Mice and Men will start preview performances at the Longacre Theatre on March 19, 2014, with opening night scheduled for April 16. The production will be a limited engagement, playing until July 27. Tickets go onsale on January 11. Find out more information at

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/15/2013

The Snow Geese

The Snow Geese

Though Broadway ticket sales continue to ride a holiday high, bringing in more money than usual due to the city’s high tourist presence, this week’s total was lower than the previous week’s by well over a million, falling from $27,935,664 down to $26,577,878.

The limited-run Manhattan Theatre Club play The Snow Geese, starring Mary-Louise Parker, enjoyed some acclaim for the play’s writing and performances.  But the production’s sales were unimpressive, and in its final week it was actually the lowest earner on the Broadway chart, taking in only $130,484. Attendance was decent at 75.38%, but the average paid admission was a mere $38.04.

This week, a total of nine Broadway shows earned over a million dollars. Only two — 700 Sundays and Betrayal — are plays, with musicals as usual being the larger draw for audience.  Newer musicals Kinky Boots, Matilda, and Motown made the Millionaires Club, as well as soon-to-be-closing Spider-man.  And Broadway’s three top earners, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Wicked, all came fairly close to earning two million.

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

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,134,137 7,649 86.78% $148.27
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $516,342 5,405 74.49% $95.53
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $373,869 4,176 68.59% $89.53
AFTER MIDNIGHT $626,198 6,131 73.97% $102.14
ANNIE $921,884 10,685 93.99% $86.28
BEAUTIFUL $771,883 7,137 86.95% $108.15
BETRAYAL $1,284,344 8,424 100.00% $152.46
BIG FISH $503,315 7,721 68.40% $65.19
CHICAGO $507,963 6,042 69.93% $84.07
CINDERELLA $824,748 9,201 65.68% $89.64
FIRST DATE $355,595 5,241 61.28% $67.85
JERSEY BOYS $953,819 8,423 85.74% $113.24
KINKY BOOTS $1,768,672 11,464 100.63% $154.28
MACBETH $363,665 5,566 66.45% $65.34
MAMMA MIA! $541,254 6,243 66.93% $86.70
MATILDA $1,157,142 11,178 97.57% $103.52
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,538,154 11,527 95.61% $133.44
NEWSIES $789,589 9,192 96.96% $85.90
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $694,111 7,489 87.24% $92.68
ONCE $737,982 6,818 80.48% $108.24
PIPPIN $844,011 7,179 90.64% $117.57
ROCK OF AGES $408,587 4,312 92.45% $94.76
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,054,823 13,405 105.85% $78.69
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,865,333 8,752 102.63% $213.13
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $504,266 4,460 71.66% $113.06
THE LION KING $1,818,825 12,809 94.18% $142.00
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $809,501 9,414 73.32% $85.99
THE SNOW GEESE $130,484 3,430 75.38% $38.04
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $805,442 8,368 99.52% $96.25
WICKED $1,971,945 15,008 98.84% $131.39
Totals: $26,577,878 242,849 84.41% $104.78

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