Broadway Grosses w/e 12/30/2018: A Smashing (New) Year!

As predicted, last year’s records were used to fuel Time Square’s confetti cannons, as each one was blown to smithereens! From Disney to British plays to American Plays, box office records were smashed and shouted from the rooftops.  All this totaled to an astonishing $57M week, which was a 15% increase over the week last year.

Among the notable records was Hamilton, crossing the $4M mark and Harry Potter grossing $2.5M, the highest for any play in Broadway history.  Life after The Boss is OK after all….

You can find the rest of the figures below, courtesy of The Broadway League:

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
ALADDIN $2,584,549.00 15,545 100.01% $166.26
AMERICAN SON $706,992.20 5,847 94.43% $120.92
ANASTASIA $1,339,777.20 10,157 98.74% $131.91
BEAUTIFUL $1,018,891.20 8,734 94.59% $116.66
CHICAGO $1,247,276.97 9,737 100.17% $128.10
CHOIR BOY $258,753.50 4,428 86.89% $58.44
COME FROM AWAY $1,675,276.50 9,613 102.11% $174.27
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,932,472.00 7,997 101.59% $241.65
FROZEN $2,624,495.00 13,449 99.83% $195.14
HAMILTON $4,041,493.00 10,766 101.87% $375.39
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,525,850.00 12,976 100.00% $194.66
HEAD OVER HEELS $383,200.00 6,396 73.80% $59.91
KING KONG $1,847,782.02 14,878 95.12% $124.20
KINKY BOOTS $1,332,384.95 11,566 90.25% $115.20
MEAN GIRLS $1,994,386.00 9,901 101.03% $201.43
MY FAIR LADY $1,549,407.00 8,494 99.32% $182.41
NETWORK $1,367,012.84 8,201 101.00% $166.69
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND $757,809.70 5,742 103.13% $131.98
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL $1,266,709.20 8,925 95.52% $141.93
RUBEN & CLAY’S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL FAMILY FUN PAGEANT SPECTACULAR REUNION SHOW $163,429.30 3,514 26.78% $46.51
SCHOOL OF ROCK $1,757,095.50 13,824 100.85% $127.10
SUMMER $1,094,723.00 10,343 78.18% $105.84
THE BAND’S VISIT $1,045,860.30 8,907 95.25% $117.42
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,926,329.00 9,839 104.41% $195.79
THE CHER SHOW $1,373,614.00 9,957 90.19% $137.95
THE FERRYMAN $1,037,447.40 7,885 96.72% $131.57
THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS $2,978,348.70 21,950 83.75% $135.69
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT $1,062,802.80 8,665 95.89% $122.65
THE LION KING $3,696,974.00 15,267 100.02% $242.15
THE NEW ONE $464,061.00 5,655 65.88% $82.06
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $2,091,530.26 14,289 98.92% $146.37
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG $623,414.00 6,650 97.34% $93.75
THE PROM $936,581.60 8,876 94.38% $105.52
THE WAVERLY GALLERY $462,999.50 6,189 87.38% $74.81
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,701,683.59 11,672 101.67% $145.79
TORCH SONG $244,596.00 3,309 70.71% $73.92
TRUE WEST $278,726.90 2,906 98.18% $95.91
WAITRESS $1,000,718.20 8,527 90.66% $117.36
WICKED $3,411,819.00 17,334 100.00% $196.83
TOTALS $57,807,272.33 378,910 92.73% $141.59
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +$7,53,159.98      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +14.80%      

 

Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, General Manager for DTE Management. Find out more here!

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/23/2018: The Holiday Wind Up

The penultimate week of the year typically bears gifts and this year did not disappoint.  Despite many shows choosing to play seven performances this week (and nine in the following week), grosses inched up about $1M to a total of $41M.  The average paid ticket price for all shows was a healthy $134.

Expect next week’s gross to break more records as Broadway wraps up another banner year.

Happy holidays, everyone!

You can find the rest of the figures below, courtesy of The Broadway League:

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
ALADDIN $1,752,473.40 13,585 98.33% $129.00
AMERICAN SON $555,073.76 4,635 74.85% $119.76
ANASTASIA $854,240.60 7,886 86.24% $108.32
BEAUTIFUL $596,233.00 5,443 66.31% $109.54
CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY $65,859.00 1,384 84.49% $47.59
CHICAGO $624,418.81 6,109 80.81% $102.21
CHOIR BOY $172,471.00 4,187 82.16% $41.19
COME FROM AWAY $1,068,405.70 7,471 102.03% $143.01
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,642,987.55 7,991 101.51% $205.60
FROZEN $2,109,577.00 13,317 98.85% $158.41
HAMILTON $3,612,858.00 10,755 101.77% $335.92
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,228,592.00 12,976 100.00% $171.75
HEAD OVER HEELS $206,949.25 3,656 47.46% $56.61
KING KONG $1,114,273.75 11,075 79.65% $100.61
KINKY BOOTS $669,673.05 6 673 66.94% $100.36
MEAN GIRLS $1,589,811.20 9 846 100.47% $161.47
MY FAIR LADY $1,106,045.00 7,261 84.90% $152.33
NETWORK $1,211,044.35 8,081 99.52% $149.86
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND $534,169.80 5,519 99.12% $96.79
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL $1,011,053.80 7,992 85.53% $126.51
RUBEN & CLAY’S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL FAMILY FUN PAGEANT SPECTACULAR REUNION SHOW $139,749.35 4,095 35.11% $34.13
SCHOOL OF ROCK $988,509.70 9,567 78.52% $103.32
SUMMER $492,604.00 5,761 55.99% $85.51
THE BAND’S VISIT $731,625.84 6,843 82.33% $106.92
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,365,850.50 8,672 103.53% $157.50
THE CHER SHOW $1,122,055.40 8,793 79.65% $127.61
THE FERRYMAN $791,861.20 6,160 75.56% $128.55
THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS $1,439,258.20 13,425 91.07% $107.21
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT $839,865.50 6,787 84,50% $123,75
THE LION KING $2,761,271.00 13,560 99,94% $203,63
THE NEW ONE $323,354.54 4,530 52.77% $71.38
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,345,228.54 12,305 95.83% $109.32
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG $380,378.14 5,286 77.37% $71.96
THE PROM $583,380.70 6,363 76.11% $91.68
THE WAVERLY GALLERY $363,740.00 5,174 82.18% $70.30
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,586,946.02 11,644 101.43% $136.29
TORCH SONG $217,970.00 2,992 63.93% $72.85
WAITRESS $547,519.00 5,350 73.14% $102.34
WICKED $2,264,992.00 15,340 99.56% $147.65
TOTALS $41,012,369.65 308,489 83.56% $119.71
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +$5,216,156.35      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON 14.57%      

Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, General Manager for DTE Management. Find out more here!

My 5 Friday Finds: Hello Trello

Happy last working Friday of 2018!  (I know we’ve got another Friday to go, but it seems like the entire world is taking off next week, so if you’ve got business to do before the end of the year, I’d pick up that phone!)

  1. Hello to Trello

I love productivity tools.  I love them so much, that sometimes researching them and implementing them gets in the way of my productivity.  🙂

But not this one.

Trello is a like Basecamp but cooler.  It’s a visual way to keep all your projects in front of you on “boards” and “cards.”  And if you collaborate with folks, you can assign tasks and keep track of what everyone is up to.

I’ve got boards for my creative projects, my biz projects, and more.

Takes a beat to set up, but already it’s helping me make sure nothing falls through the cracks, and that I get more done towards my goals.

  1. Are your New Year’s Resolutions set yet?

Setting a good set of resolutions is a science.  Did you know that 80% of resolutions fail by February?

That’s why we’re doing something about it.  Click here to learn more.

  1. Fosse/Verdon

Everyone’s buzzin’ about the next attempt at a TV show about our world, especially since it contains so many Broadway peeps, from Norbert Leo Butz to Laura Osnes to Gettin’ The Band Back Together’s Kelli Barrett.

No release date yet for the FX show, but anything on television that has the word Broadway in it is good for the industry.  #ContentMarketing

  1. Someone at the NY Times actually LIKES jukebox musicals.

Interesting article from a female reviewer about a jukebox musical about a female.  Read here.

  1. Another show goes from Broadway to Off.  And it’s one of mine!

In the tradition of Avenue Q (now closing on April 28th), The Play That Goes Wrong, which I produce, will close on Broadway on January 6th and then REOPEN Off-Broadway at New World Stages on Feb 11th.  See here!

Happy to see this model continue (I blogged about it way back here) and hope it goes all WRONG.

Enjoy the weekend, folks, and your week off as well.  If you’re looking to see a show this coming week, remember, it’s the busiest time of year on Broadway, so get tickets now.  Especially to THIS ONE.

Oh, and fyi, this Blog will be on vacation next week as well, so don’t get all worried if you don’t see a post 🙂

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/16/2018: The Boss Is Out

While seasonal grosses surpassed $1B ahead of schedule, Broadway bid farewell to The Boss who helped accelerate those numbers this year. No doubt, part of Springsteen’s legacy will be his unmatched average ticket price of $500.For the rest of the street this week, grosses stayed steady at $40M with attendance around the same at 313k.

You can find the rest of the figures below, courtesy of The Broadway League:

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
ALADDIN $1,410,192.50 13,220 95.69% $106.67
AMERICAN SON $607,022.72 5,056 81.65% $120.06
ANASTASIA $705,610.30 7,052 77.12% $100.06
BEAUTIFUL $741,342.00 6,517 79.40% $113.76
CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY $115,653.00 1,404 85.71% $82.37
CHICAGO $592,063.72 6,865 79.46% $86.24
CHOIR BOY $150,962.00 3,420 76.70% $44.14
COME FROM AWAY $1,180,003.00 8,519 101.80% $138.51
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,465,586.58 7,993 101.54% $183.36
FROZEN $1,929,357.50 13,206 98.03% $146.10
HAMILTON $3,255,649.00 10,759 101.81% $302.60
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $2,049,378.00 12,976 100.00% $157.94
HEAD OVER HEELS $214,570.75 4,115 53.41% $52.14
KING KONG $1,001,532.80 10,785 77.57% $92.86
KINKY BOOTS $698,843.60 7,357 64.58% $94.99
MEAN GIRLS $1,364,408.70 9,737 99.36% $140.13
MY FAIR LADY $1,105,243.00 7,539 88.15% $146.60
NETWORK $1,224,692.00 8,234 101.40% $148.74
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND $444,984.30 5,050 90.70% $88.12
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL $1,172,237.00 8,791 94.08% $133.35
RUBEN & CLAY’S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL FAMILY FUN PAGEANT SPECTACULAR REUNION SHOW $162,962.00 4,500 38.58% $36.21
SCHOOL OF ROCK $815,700.10 8,802 72.24% $92.67
SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY $1,895,695.00 3,792 100.00% $499.92
SUMMER $548,217.00 6,385 54.29% $85.86
THE BAND’S VISIT $702,383.30 7,014 84.38% $100.14
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,262,917.50 8,663 103.43% $145.78
THE CHER SHOW $1,247,673.00 10,756 97.43% $116.00
THE FERRYMAN $951,620.94 7,084 86.90% $134.33
THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS $1,096,165.00 10,683 81.52% $102.61
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT $790,460.00 6,620 82.42% $119.40
THE LION KING $2,353,831.00 13,480 99.35% $174.62
THE NEW ONE $264,595.00 4,479 52.18% $59.07
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $946,021.00 9,985 77.76% $94.74
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG $324,990.50 5,049 73.90% $64.37
THE PROM $600,030.00 6,557 78.43% $91.51
THE WAVERLY GALLERY $420,172.00 5,608 89.07% $74.92
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,174,950.81 11,626 101.27% $101.06
TORCH SONG $239,418.50 3,170 67.74% $75.53
WAITRESS $593,192.20 6,202 74.19% $95.65
WICKED $2,045,142.00 14,867 99.56% $137.56
TOTALS $39,865,469.32 313,917 84.07% $122.02
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +$5.506.048.65      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON 16.02%      


Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, General Manager for DTE Management. Find out more here!

Podcast Episode 171 – Broadway AND Hollywood Super Producer, Paula Wagner

It’s hard enough to make it as a Producer on one coast, but both?

That kind of success is reserved for a very select group of moguls, and this week I got to sit down with one of them.

Paula Wagner has worn a lot of hats in the business on her way up the ladder, from Broadway actress to Powerhouse Agent to running a movie studio to producing movies like Mission Impossible . . . and yep, producing big Broadway shows like this season’s hit, Pretty Woman.

Could there be a better person to talk to about movies to musicals and vice-versa?

Paula and I talked about that, of course, as well as . . .

  • The skills she learned as an agent that help her be a better Producer.
  • What Hollywood does well that we could learn from and what Hollywood can learn from us!
  • Eye-poppin’ idea that could save the movie industry (and it’s so simple).
  • Why Pretty Woman was made to be a musical and why it’s doing what she thought it would (gross over $1mm a week!).
  • Coming up in the entertainment industry as a female Producer and how that has changed.  Or not.

Enjoy the Podcast and don’t forget to subscribe!

Click here for my podcast with Paula!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review while you’re there!)

Download it here.

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