What do the Top Grossing Broadway Musicals have in common? An infographic.

It’s infographic time, y’all!

Been a while since we crunched some data and spit it out in handy-dandy graphic form, so we thought we’d serve one up for you this week, especially since you enjoyed our previous IGs: Movie to Musical Adaptations, 50 Years of Pulitzer Prize Winners, and one of my favorites, Who Is The Broadway Investor.

This episode of “By The Numbers” takes a look at the Top 20 grossing Broadway shows of all time to see what they have in common.

Because as much of an art form the theater is, and as unpredictable and “Black Swan”-like it can be at times, knowing the trends can definitely put you at an advantage with the choices you make of shows to produce, invest in, direct, or just bet on in your Tony pool.

Enjoy the numbers.  🙂

 

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  • Percy Joseph says:

    Very impressive research! But I don’t agree that only THE PRODUCERS featured stars in the original cast. I suppose there’s a thin divide between a star and a name, but by the time of PHANTOM, Michael Crawford was indisputably a star. I’d seen him on Broadway in an all-star cast in BLACK COMEDY, and he’d starred in the West End in the title roles of BILLY and BARNUM, both smash-hit musicals. As well, among his starring film credits were HOW I WON THE WAR, THE JOKERS, THE KNACK, and … FORUM.

    One could make a case for three others. Going from the strongest case to the weakest, I put forth Harvey Fierstein, who had won the Tony for TORCH SONG TRILOGY (Best Actor and Playwright) before HAIRSPRAY. Prior to MISS SAIGON, Jonathan Pryce had won the Tony under Mike Nichols’ direction for Best Featured Actor in COMEDIANS and the Olivier in the West End for his Hamlet. And before CATS, I already knew who Betty Buckley was, having heard her sing “He Plays the Violin” as Martha Jefferson in 1776, and she’d taken over the lead from Gretchen Cryer in I’M GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER … and played it for a long time.

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