Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/12/2014

Though it’s always expected that Broadway revenue will start to dry up in January after enjoying a considerable boost during the winter holiday season, it’s still a striking blow to see overall Broadway sales plummet from last week’s $31,143,670 down to $19,579,699. January and February are typically among the bleakest months where Broadway ticket sales are concerned.

The latest revival of William Shakespeare’s often-produced tragedy Macbeth, this one starring Ethan Hawke in the title role, concluded its limited run at Lincoln Center this past Sunday.  WIth less-than-stellar reviews and little buzz, the production did middling business.  Its final week reflected this, with 82.08% attendance at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre and an average paid admission of $65.32.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 12, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $526,669 6,027 83.06% $87.38
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $331,705 4,114 61.22% $80.63
AFTER MIDNIGHT $522,397 5,849 70.57% $89.31
BEAUTIFUL $622,394 7,882 96.03% $78.96
BRONX BOMBERS $128,209 1,692 54.79% $75.77
CHICAGO $480,262 6,058 70.12% $79.28
CINDERELLA $642,019 8,263 58.99% $77.70
JERSEY BOYS $715,549 6,872 69.95% $104.13
KINKY BOOTS $1,463,770 11,076 97.23% $132.16
MACBETH $449,047 6,875 82.08% $65.32
MACHINAL $197,634 4,521 77.73% $43.71
MAMMA MIA! $504,214 6,590 70.65% $76.51
MATILDA $1,138,576 11,221 97.95% $101.47
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,113,620 9,912 82.22% $112.35
NEWSIES $722,110 8,628 91.01% $83.69
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $718,285 7,875 91.74% $91.21
ONCE $631,440 6,357 75.04% $99.33
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $208,084 3,974 87.34% $52.36
PIPPIN $785,586 7,397 93.40% $106.20
ROCK OF AGES $371,622 4,337 92.99% $85.69
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,709,586 8,752 102.63% $195.34
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $537,792 5,328 85.60% $100.94
THE LION KING $1,714,261 13,230 97.28% $129.57
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $811,982 10,335 80.49% $78.57
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $852,893 8,562 101.83% $99.61
WICKED $1,679,996 14,561 97.38% $115.38
Totals: $19,579,699 196,288 83.44% $93.95

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

Tony n’ Tina Coming Back to Off-Broadway

Tony n' Tina's WeddingA pioneer in interactive theater, the former long-running Off-Broadway hit Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding is coming back to New York City’s Off-Broadway scene this year. Starting March 5, the two-part theater piece will play at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School (120 W. 46th Street) in midtown Manhattan where Tony and Tina’s comedic wedding ceremony will take place. The audience will then be led by the show’s performers (playing the bridal party and Tony and Tina’s friends and family) through Times Square to Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar (220 W. 44th Street), where they will eat an Italian buffet, enjoy cocktails, and dance to a DJ.

Brought to life by Hofstra University undergrads Nancy Cassaro and Mark Nasser in 1985, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding went on to have a long commercial run in Greenwich Village, followed by a 10-year run in Times Square.

Tickets for this new production of the interactive performance piece are $125-175. Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7pm, along with 2pm Saturday matinees and 3pm Sunday matinees. Visit or call 866-811-4111 for tickets and information.

Macbeth Closes on Broadway

Macbeth on BroadwayIt’s been a big season for the Bard on Broadway, with productions of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Richard III, and William Shakespeare’s famed tragedy Macbeth, which concluded its run at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre today.

Actor Ethan Hawke took on the lead role in ‘the Scottish play’ (as it is often called by those too superstitious to say its name) for this production, which featured direction by Jack O’Brien and co-starred John Glover, Richard Easton, Malcolm Gets, Byron Jennings, Brian d’Arcy James, Daniel Sunjata, and Anne-Marie Duff, who made her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth was previously seen on Broadway just last season in a nearly-solo production featuring Alan Cumming (soon to be back on Broadway this season in the re-revival of Cabaret) playing all of the parts himself.

Mamma Mia! To Play on a Cruise Line

Mamma MiaIt was only recently that the smash hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! moved into its new home at the Broadhurst Theatre (following a long run at the Winter Garden Theatre), but soon the internationally known musical will take to the high seas on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

Mamma Mia! will make its sea-faring debut on Quantum of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship equipped to carry more than 4,000 passengers. Currently under construction, the ship is expected to begin presenting Mamma Mia! on its stage in November of 2014.

Mamma Mia! is not the first Broadway musical to be produced on a Royal Caribbean ship. Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever, and Chicago have all previously played on the cruise line’s ships, providing passengers with Broadway-style entertainment on the open seas.

Hugh Jackman Cuts Ties With Broadway Bound Houdini

Hugh JackmanSome time ago it was announced that Hugh Jackman would be returning to Broadway in a new musical about legendary escape artist Harry Houdini, written specifically for Jackman. But following a protracted development process, Jackman has announced that he is dropping out of the project.

“I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini,” stated Hugh Jackman. “Ultimately, though, I wasn’t able to commit to the time this role will require. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best.”

Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) was originally attached to write Houdini‘s book, but he left the project last year and a new writer has not yet been named. Jack O’Brien is set to direct the production, which is currently expected to hit Broadway in the 2015-2016 season.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/5/2013

It’s not surprising at all that, following the Broadway box office bonanza of Christmas week (which brought in a total of $38,783,854 in sales), Broadway saw sales fall this week. However, this week’s $31,143,670 in total revenue is still a very high weekly take, and it’s clearly due to the continued burst of business brought in by tourists visiting NYC for New Year’s. This was also the week that New York City got hit with its first major snow storm of the season, but fortunately the storm didn’t come until New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day had passed.

This was the last week for five different Broadway shows, which concluded their runs this weekend. 700 Sundays, Annie, Betrayal, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark all enjoyed big sales in their final week, each making over a million (at $1,782,904, Spider-man led the pack and was the 4th highest grossing show of the week). First Date lagged behind, bringing in a total of $563,371. But the romantic musical comedy still did decent business, filling to 87.01% capacity and earning $75.71 per ticket.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 5, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,101,241 7,060 96.12% $155.98
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $544,066 5,724 90.16% $95.05
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $369,944 4,177 62.16% $88.57
AFTER MIDNIGHT $579,804 5,637 68.01% $102.86
ANNIE $1,387,296 13,619 99.67% $101.86
BEAUTIFUL $740,451 6,602 80.43% $112.16
BETRAYAL $1,367,059 9,477 100.00% $144.25
CHICAGO $923,074 7,973 92.28% $115.78
CINDERELLA $1,123,628 11,431 81.60% $98.30
FIRST DATE $563,371 7,441 87.01% $75.71
JERSEY BOYS $928,795 7,707 78.45% $120.51
KINKY BOOTS $1,781,938 11,348 99.61% $157.03
MACBETH $362,880 5,518 65.88% $65.76
MACHINAL $126,078 3,176 62.41% $39.70
MAMMA MIA! $825,532 8,190 100.34% $100.80
MATILDA $1,654,803 11,544 100.77% $143.35
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,334,907 10,758 89.23% $124.09
NEWSIES $934,998 9,304 98.14% $100.49
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $786,972 8,035 93.60% $97.94
ONCE $834,442 7,979 94.18% $104.58
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $116,334 2,078 79.92% $55.98
PIPPIN $1,026,769 7,766 98.06% $132.21
ROCK OF AGES $439,311 3,921 84.07% $112.04
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,782,904 14,895 96.37% $119.70
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,948,385 8,752 102.63% $222.62
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $542,803 4,835 77.68% $112.27
THE LION KING $2,332,390 13,603 100.02% $171.46
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,357,647 11,195 99.64% $121.27
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $871,219 8,561 101.82% $101.77
WICKED $2,454,630 15,424 100.00% $159.14
Totals: $31,143,670 253,730 89.34% $115.11

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

First Date, 700 Sundays, Annie, and Betrayal Close

First Date Broadway ShowNow is the annual culling of the Broadway herd, when a number of struggling shows inevitably close following the Christmas and New Year’s holiday spike. Spider-man ended its run yesterday, and today four more shows are playing their final performances and then closing their doors.

The Broadway revival of Annie enjoyed success after opening last season, but sales have gradually dwindled, making it no longer profitable to keep the show running. The charming new musical First Date (featuring Zachary Levi from TV’s Chuck) was one of the first Broadway shows to open this season, but it wasn’t able to hold on any longer with lackluster ticket sales.

The other two shows closing today, the Harold Pinter drama Betrayal (starring Daniel Craig) and Billy Crystal’s one-man play 700 Sundays, both did spectacularly well but are closing because they were only ever scheduled to play limited engagements.

Spider-man Swings Out of New York City

Spider-Man Broadway MusicalThe saga of comic book hero Spider-man on Broadway has come to an end, with Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finishing its run at the Foxwoods Theatre today.  The musical concludes having played 1,058 regular performances, plus a record-breaking 182 preview performances.

Initially helmed by The Lion King‘s visionary director Julie Taymor, Spider-man suffered from technical and creative problems and an exploding budget during its development phase and preview period.  Eventually a new director and bookwriter came in to get the production under control, and, once it opened, the show enjoyed brisk sales.  After roughly three years, Spider-man closes as the 16th highest-grossing Broadway show in history.

However, Spider-man‘s multi-million dollar costs were so high that it likely would have needed to run at a profit for several years more in order to earn back its investment.  While the musical was no longer able to make money on Broadway, the show’s producers intend to try their luck with it next in Las Vegas.


Carly Rae Jepsen Will Become Broadway’s Cinderella

Carly Rae JepsenLaura Osnes, who originated the role of Cinderella on Broadway in the current production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, will be passing her glass slippers along to another young woman next month, when pop singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen takes on the iconic role.

Jepsen became an instant success when her song “Call Me Maybe” became a massive hit, and now the music sensation is making her Broadway debut. She will begin a 12-week run in the musical starting February 4. Actress Fran Drescher will also be making her first bow in Cinderella that day, in the role of Cinderella’s stepmother.

Cinderella, which has lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Richard Rodgers, is playing at the Broadway Theatre. The show’s tuneful score features such songs as “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago”.

Broadway Loves the Spice Girls To Play at 54 Below

The Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! that has played London’s West End may not have yet made it to Broadway, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of Broadway performers who love the famed British pop group. In fact, many of them will be gathering at 54 Below on January 13 at 11:30pm for a special concert dubbed “Broadway Loves the Spice Girls”.

Well over a dozen New York City actors will perform new vocal arrangements (written by Benjamin Rauhala) of the Spice Girls’ many hits, including “Wannabe” and “2 Become 1”. The list of performers slated for the concert include Ashley Kate Adams, Stephanie Umoh, Kate Loprest, Jason Gotay, Gabrielle McClinton, Emily McNamara, and Darren Bluestone.

The cover charge for the concert is $10, and there is also a $20 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets or learn more, go to