Who won Will It Recoup? Contest and Kindle Winner Announced!

Seems like just yesterday we were all freezing our spotlights off and picking the shows we thought would make money in this year’s Will It Recoup!  (If you aren’t familiar with our game, click here for the original post).

While the accounting statements may not be finalized yet, I think it’s pretty safe to say that there were three shows out of the ten in the field that recouped:

That Championship Season
Ghetto Klown
The Mother with the Hat

So first, a big congrats to Broadway for the 30% success rate.  Not so bad, in this era of rising costs, wouldn’t you say?

And a second congrats to reader Nick Coltone who scored a 100% in this year’s contest!  Nick, you gotta start investing and producing shows because you’ve got an eye for the ones that work.  Just imagine what you could have done if you had some real skin in the game. 🙂

Nick, drop me an email, and we’ll drop you a Kindle in the mail.

And the rest of you, there’s always next year.  Or maybe even this fall.  We’re thinking about rolling out a fall version of Will It Recoup. What do you think?

But before we do that, back to the 30% success rate, which is pretty consistent with what the industry says is the average number of shows that recoup per year.

That’s actually pretty decent in a high risk industry in my opinion.

But that’s not what gets me excited.

If 30% is the average, then doesn’t it make sense that with education, research and market analysis, an individual should be able to do better than that?  Doesn’t that mean that you should be able to pick winners 40% of the time?  50%?  Or even more?

I’d bet yes.

 

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FUN STUFF

– 79 Days to Godspell!  Read the day-by-day account of producing Godspell on Broadway here.

– Win 2 tickets to Hair on Broadway, and tell us what you think about nudity in theater. Click here!

 

Why Godspell, Why Now? Washington gives me a reminder.

I got an email from a reader who had already bought tickets to Godspell who told me she couldn’t wait to see it again.  She talked about the score, the joy, and more.

This reader knew all the reasons why she was so excited to see the show coming back (one of which was that it was the first show she ever saw, and now she was excited to bring her kids so it could be their “first” too) . . . but she was curious as to some of my motivations for bringing back the show as well.

I of course repeated all the same things she did . . . the incredible score, the fun, the fact that it hasn’t ever been revived, etc.

But I also told her about a more timely reason why I thought this show needed to be seen in 2011.  Yes, it’s fun, yes it’s joy-filled, but there’s something underneath that’s worth talking about.  I wrote about it on yesterday’s Godspell blog, but I wanted to make sure you all saw it here as well.

Check it out here.

 

(Got a comment?  I love ’em, so comment below!  Email subscribers, click here, then scroll down, to say what’s on your mind!)

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FUN STUFF

– 80 Days to Godspell!  Read the day-by-day account of producing Godspell on Broadway here.

– Win 2 tickets to Hair on Broadway and tell us what you think about nudity in theater. Click here!

 

Broadway Grosses* w/e 7/24/2011

The following are the Broadway Grosses from the week ending July 24, 2011:

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
ANYTHING GOES $832,625 8,256 100.58% $100.85
BABY IT'S YOU! $436,377 7,246 79.38% $60.22
BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL $855,248 10,242 90.10% $83.50
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN $648,763 8,810 77.44% $73.64
CHICAGO $531,562 6,821 78.95% $77.93
HAIR $351,144 6,836 49.19% $51.37
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING $1,223,226 11,432 100.35% $107.00
JERSEY BOYS $987,461 9,445 96.14% $104.55
JERUSALEM $355,086 4,957 62.15% $71.63
MAMMA MIA! $897,983 10,490 87.53% $85.60
MARY POPPINS $1,111,911 13,395 93.18% $83.01
MASTER CLASS $301,291 4,578 89.27% $65.81
MEMPHIS $688,008 8,825 75.04% $77.96
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT $700,074 8,289 61.35% $84.46
RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES ON BROADWAY $280,648 4,784 56.52% $58.66
ROCK OF AGES $377,204 4,423 94.83% $85.28
SISTER ACT $748,117 10,320 73.50% $72.49
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,811,432 15,338 99.34% $118.10
THE ADDAMS FAMILY $820,984 10,955 90.15% $74.94
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,256,830 8,752 102.43% $143.60
THE LION KING $1,854,764 13,418 100.01% $138.23
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,026,795 12,259 94.88% $83.76
WAR HORSE $985,258 8,552 100.00% $115.21
WICKED $1,882,731 14,472 100.00% $130.09
TOTAL $20,965,518 222,895 85.51% $89.50

*Broadway Grosses provided courtesy of The Broadway League.

The Sunday Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Hair on Broadway!

The recent Broadway revival of Hair directed by the exceptionally creative Diane Paulus spawned a tour that has been getting naked all over the country for the last 9 months or so.

And they are spending their summer here with us on Broadway at The St. James Theater.  (Lots of shows used to play summer stops on Broadway before heading back out on the road – it’s nice to see this model come back with Hair.)

So if you’ve got a craving to experience The Tribe all over again, or if you missed it the first time, now’s your chance, because we’ve got 2 tickets to give away!

Here’s how we’re going to pick a winner:

The nude scene in Hair obviously shook a lot of people up when it first revealed itself back in the day.  It’s still something people talk about, although I just had dinner with a neighbor last night who recently took their 10-year-old to the show because they didn’t think it was a big deal anymore.

Obviously times have changed. (There’s a video billboard in Times Square for American Eagle that shows a mostly naked girl that I’d bet wouldn’t have been approved a decade ago.)

My question is this . . . is nudity in the theater still shocking?  Is it more accepted nowadays?  Do you think there will be more of it in the future, or less?

Comment below (or by clicking here) your feelings on nakedness in the theater and I’ll pick a winner randomly from the comments.

Good luck!

 

(Got a comment?  I love ’em, so comment below!  Email subscribers, click here, then scroll down, to say what’s on your mind!)

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FUN STUFF

– 81 Days to Godspell!  Read the day-by-day account of producing Godspell on Broadway here.

Who won the tickets to The Voca People?

Congratulations Ed Ertle, you are going to see YouTube sensations, The Voca People Off Broadway!  Email me for details on how to get your tickets.

And thanks to everyone else for the great vid links.  The comments on this contest were like a YouTube greatest hits!

Stay tuned for another great giveaway tomorrow.

 

(Got a comment?  I love 'em, so comment below!  Email subscribers, click here, then scroll down, to say what's on your mind!) 

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FUN STUFF 

– 82 Days to Godspell!  Read the day-by-day account of producing Godspell on Broadway here.

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