Broadway Grosses w/e 6/14/09

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap Avg Pd Adm
9 TO 5 $822,192 10,685 82.91% $76.95
ACCENT ON YOUTH $186,874 3,710 71.35% $50.37
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY $226,151 4,665 59.56% $48.48
AVENUE Q $275,220 4,297 67.48% $64.05
BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL $1,401,380 11,369 100.01% $123.26
BLITHE SPIRIT $578,411 7,867 66.49% $73.52
CHICAGO $564,928 7,422 85.90% $76.12
EXIT THE KING $645,886 8,035 95.65% $80.38
GOD OF CARNAGE $953,570 8,821 102.28% $108.10
GUYS AND DOLLS $570,937 8,723 89.60% $65.45
HAIR $1,062,416 11,292 99.96% $94.09
IN THE HEIGHTS $789,439 9,610 88.00% $82.15
IRENA’S VOW $196,234 4,738 62.54% $41.42
JERSEY BOYS $1,155,591 9,900 101.27% $116.73
JOE TURNER’S $451,420 8,180 102.15% $55.19
MAMMA MIA! $962,048 11,475 95.75% $72.64
MARY POPPINS $855,246 12,480 86.81% $68.53
MARY STUART $342,900 5,302 57.63% $64.67
NEXT TO NORMAL $437,252 5,840 94.56% $74.87
REASONS TO BE PRETTY $261,639 5,410 74.31% $48.36
ROCK OF AGES $595,771 7,620 95.54% $78.19
SHREK THE MUSICAL $879,468 11,138 80.34% $78.96
SOUTH PACIFIC $816,098 7,469 89.69% $109.26
THE 39 STEPS $159,490 3,146 66.77% $50.70
THE LION KING $1,312,280 13,234 100.02% $99.16
THE LITTLE MERMAID $768,325 10,594 87.18% $72.52
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS $294,759 5,486 87.92% $53.73
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $868,581 11,975 92.69% $72.53
THE PHILANTHROPIST $245,589 4,658 78.68% $52.72
WAITING FOR GODOT $539,526 7,962 99.13% $67.76
WEST SIDE STORY $1,369,283 13,493 99.39% $101.48
WICKED $1,572,092 14,472 100.00% $108.63
TOTALS $22,032,491 271,068 86.30% $75.97


Why not to be a teenager when selling your show.

When you’re a teenager, all that you want to do is fit in.

As a producer, all that you need to do is stand out.

Look what else has changed in Times Square!

The roads aren’t the only thing that have been altered in the center of our city.
I snapped this photo from the top of the TKTSteps this morning.

 

How long do you think it will be until all the billboards in Times Square are video?  Very Blade Runner, don’t you think?

 

Video is not only taking over Online, it’s taking over Outdoor.  Expect this baby to reproduce like rabbits in the next 12 months.

 

And expect video bus sides next.

Why shopping online for theater is different than shopping online for other entertainment.

iTunes revolutionized how music is consumed by satisfying our culture’s increasing demand for instant gratification.  Want a song?  Click.  Bam.  Boom.  It’s on your iPod and you’re rocking out to your favorite Carpenters tune in no time.

Netflix is now pushing their instant viewing option as a way to satisfy the capricious mind of today’s audience that doesn’t want to plan ahead.  I want to see Goonies.  Now.  Now.  Now!  And all from the comfort of one’s own couch.
And the latest is from Amazon.com, the company that re-energized how we bought books.  Now, with The Kindle, you can have the latest Jackie Collins e-delivered to you in seconds, wherever you are.
So what do all of these trends have in common?
They don’t require the buyer to get off his butt.
The fundamental difference between purchasing theater tickets online and purchasing most any other product online, is that the purchase of a theater ticket is a commitment on behalf of the buyer to make a physical effort in order to have the experience at a future date or time.
In addition to all of the examples above, food, clothes, electronics, etc. are all e-shopped items that can be delivered, but buying a theater ticket requires you to get off your couch, determine your method of transportation, block out time to see the show (there ain’t no pause button), and physically get your American Idol watching a$$ down to the theater.
This is one of the greatest challenges that the theater faces in the next decade, as more and more entertainment options become instantly available to us (it’s also important that as we develop our marketing strategies we realize this fundamental difference in our customers’ purchase thought process).
But these challenges are not insurmountable.  As I’ve said before, I believe that as more of these two dimensional forms of entertainment become available to us, the three dimensional form or the “live” entertainment experience becomes that much more rare, and that much more valuable . . . provided the experience is still special.
A lot of people disagree with me.  They say that the internet has changed the face of entertainment and that theater will be dead in 20 years.
My response?
Somehow, the theater has survived the invention of the radio, the movie, and most significantly . . . the television. As long as we tweak our experience to satisfy our new audience’s expectations, we’ll have no problem surviving this.
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Speaking of The Kindle, for those of you who own that little cracker-jack of a device, you can now get my blog e-delivered directly to your Kindle.  Visit the Kindle store and search for Ken Davenport or click here!
If you don’t own one, let me tell you that it’s one of my favorite new toys, thanks to the PDF feature.  It allows me to read more scripts than ever before.

The winners of my Tony Pool announced!

Alright, you’ve waited long enough!  The winners of my Tony Pool are . . .

GRAND PRIZE WINNER of a $500 Amex Gift Card:  David R. from Miami, FL
FIRST PRIZE WINNER of a $200 Amex Gift Card:  David S. from Hillsborough, NJ
SECOND PRIZE WINNER of a $50 Amex Gift card:  Beth B. from Monona, WI
Congratulations to the Davids and Beth!  Your cards and my book are on their way.
For the rest of you, there’s always THIS year, as the next Tony season is already underway!
I also have to say . . . I love the fact that all of the winners are from OUTSIDE of New York City.  And us Manhattanites think we’re so smart!
Ken Davenport
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Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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