Broadway Grosses w/e 2/23/2020: To Kill a Gross

Grosses leveled off last week coming out of the holiday weekend. Overall, the street dropped 6% coming in at $29M, though attendance was flat week-over-week. Most of the drop can be attributed to American Utopia being off the boards this week.

SIX continues its strong start barely breaking $1M its first full week of performances. With an average ticket price of $121.73, it’s in good company along with To Kill a Mocking Bird and The Book of Mormon.

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

Show Name Gross  TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A SOLDIER’S PLAY $460,368.50 5,666 98.23% $81.25
AIN’T TOO PROUD $1,187,875.42 10,461 91.83% $113.55
ALADDIN $1,332,597.50 13,657 98.85% $97.58
BEETLEJUICE $1,319,654.35 12,155 101.77% $108.57
CHICAGO $688,252.30 7,632 88.33% $90.18
COME FROM AWAY $907,979.06 8,534 101.98% $106.40
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,120,039.20 7,987 101.46% $140.23
FROZEN $1,160,620.20 13,304 98.75% $87.24
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY $561,909.50 6,749 84.53% $83.26
GRAND HORIZONS $243,910.43 4,078 87.14% $59.81
HADESTOWN $1,127,757.25 7,425 101.10% $151.89
HAMILTON $2,763,624.00 10,752 101.51% $257.03
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $1,092,806.50 12,921 99.58% $84.58
JAGGED LITTLE PILL $963,612.30 9,024 100.27% $106.78
MEAN GIRLS $985,109.30 9,735 99.34% $101.19
MOULIN ROUGE! $1,673,382.00 10,427 100.11% $160.49
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON $564,433.40 4,457 98.56% $126.64
SIX $1,000,854.60 8,222 100.07% $121.73
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,036,275.30 8,445 100.82% $122.71
THE INHERITANCE $378,046.50 4,501 53.69% $83.99
THE LION KING $1,841,117.00 13,099 96.54% $140.55
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $840,337.50 10,687 83.23% $78.63
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL $1,470,935.00 11,135 94.17% $132.10
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,417,185.10 11,496 100.14% $123.28
WEST SIDE STORY $1,454,228.54 13,920 100.00% $104.47
WICKED $1,602,999.00 14,485 97.01% $110.67
TOTALS $29,195,909.75 250,954 95.35% $114.41
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -$667,282.37      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -2.23%      

Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, President of Architect Theatrical. Find out more here!

Broadway Grosses w/e 2/16/2020 – Bringin’ Six-y Back

Long over-due relief came to the box office last week thanks to a three-day holiday weekend. Overall grosses were up 16% which was a 2% improvement on the same week last year.

Most shows had six-figure increases over the previous week. The outgoing (for now) American Utopia ended this stint at $1.43 for a week of shows. The incoming Six was off to an impressive start grossing $666k for 5 sold-out performances at The Brooks.

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

Show Name Gross  TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A SOLDIER’S PLAY $447,424.20 5,323 92.29% $84.05
AIN’T TOO PROUD $1,339,322.02 10,797 94.78% $124.05
ALADDIN $1,297,242.50 13,579 98.28% $95.53
AMERICAN UTOPIA $1,431,543.00 6,727 100.00% $212.81
BEETLEJUICE $1,337,688.94 11,438 95.76% $116.95
CHICAGO $722,161.55 7,615 88.14% $94.83
COME FROM AWAY $961,505.00 8,504 101.63% $113.07
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,065,181.46 7,839 99.58% $135.88
FROZEN $1,074,666.00 12,102 89.83% $88.80
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY $619,273.60 6,679 83.65% $92.72
GRAND HORIZONS $270,421.69 4,093 87.46% $66.07
HADESTOWN $1,289,258.00 7,431 101.18% $173.50
HAMILTON $2,553,721.00 10,740 101.40% $237.78
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $1,155,902.00 12,976 100.00% $89.08
JAGGED LITTLE PILL $1,042,412.70 9,011 100.12% $115.68
MEAN GIRLS $1,007,297.10 9,372 95.63% $107.48
MOULIN ROUGE! $1,911,377.50 10,469 100.51% $182.57
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON $578,870.00 4,459 98.61% $129.82
SIX $666,019.00 5,195 101.17% $128.20
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,170,197.55 8,446 100.84% $138.55
THE INHERITANCE $345,984.00 4,372 52.15% $79.14
THE LION KING $1,673,492.00 12,784 94.22% $130.91
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $971,935.80 10,566 82.29% $91.99
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL $1,605,793.00 11,133 94.16% $144.24
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,560,764.50 11,353 98.89% $137.48
WEST SIDE STORY $1,524,204.00 13,920 100.00% $109.50
WICKED $1,528,895.00 13,723 94.93% $111.41
TOTALS $31,152,553.11 250,646 94.35% $123.41
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON $641,001.76      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON 2.10%

Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, President of Architect Theatrical. Find out more here!

The Broadway Producer Pick List 2019!

We’ve done a lot of fun things on this blog over the years, but the Broadway Producer Pick List is one of our favorites.

See, every year, our office receives a ton of scripts from all sorts of folks . . .  agents, friends, investors, TheaterMakers, not to mention the cold submissions we get.

We work very hard to go through them all.  It takes us a while, as you can imagine, but we do get to everything eventually (please have patience, my friends!).  And while the process is a bit like panning for gold, we do get a lot of good, solid nuggets.

The problem is?  I can’t produce everything . . . even if I wanted to!  And I’m also . . . this may be hard for some playwrights to understand, I’m actually not the best Producer for some shows.

That doesn’t mean just because we “pass” on something that it isn’t good.  It means it just isn’t for us . . . right now.

But it might be right for someone else . . . a Producer, a Regional Theater, an agent, etc.

That’s why a few years ago we started the Producer Pick List to highlight the 10 Best Plays or Musicals we read in the previous year that we are not going to pick up, for one reason or another (and quality ain’t got nothing to do with it – to read more about how we choose the shows on this list, check out my blog post from 2016.)

By listing these shows here, our hope is that they will find the home they deserve, and the writer will get the attention he/she/they deserve.

The official list for 2019 is below, along with links to the material from each show, all for your reading/listening and, hopefully, producing pleasure.

And hey – even if you can’t produce one of these shows – drop the writer a line and say that you like their stuff and to keep you in mind for the future. It’s my belief that whether or not these shows “make it,” the writers certainly will.  Besides, telling someone you like what they’re doing is just great karma and might help someone keep making theater.

Congratulations to everyone on the list and here’s to productions for all of them in 2020!

The Producer Pick List of 2019

  1. Parallel Lines by Clé
  2. Fable by Doug Devita
  3. Emergency by Jacob and Jeff Foy
  4. The Bloody Deed of 1857 by Elise Gainer
  5. Hello Kitty Must Die by Gail Rastorfer and Kurt Johns
  6. Between Panic and Desire by Bear Kosik
  7. Meet Your Mountain by Rockwell and Rose
  8. Allan Carr: Can’t Stop The Stories by Michael Shayne
  9. Rewind by Michael DiGaetano and Adam Shenk
  10. When the Silence Sings by Rene Zabel

And to see who’s made the list in the past, click here for 2016 and 2018.

Something I haven’t done in awhile.

For those of you new to the blog, one of the first things I did on Broadway that got some national (and even international) attention was my crowd-funded Godspell

One of the reasons I chose that massive legal and logistical undertaking was because, well, Stephen Schwartz told me that Godspell was about a community of people coming together . . . so I wanted to bring together the largest community of Broadway Investors ever (I’m a big fan of marrying your marketing message with your artistic message).

And the other reason I did it was because I had this theory.  See, I believed there were thousands and thousands of people out there who were interested in investing in Broadway shows, but . . .

1) They didn’t know who to talk to about it.

and . . .

2) They didn’t know how it worked!

The response to the Godspell offering was overwhelming, to say the least, and it proved my theory correct.  Investing in Broadway shows has, in the past, been for a very select group of folks, and often we kept more people out than we invited in.  And even when new folks got into the ‘club’ they often didn’t know what was happening after they wrote the check!

Since then, Broadway has gone through one of the biggest booms in its history and interest in Broadway Investing has skyrocketed.  Because when any industry posts numbers in the billions as we have, people come from all over hoping to find “the next Hamilton.”

And whenever you rush into anything, you can often make mistakes.

That’s what led me to develop a workshop on Broadway Investing several years ago, and eventually publish this book, Broadway Investing 101, a best seller on Amazon.com and the only book on Broadway Investing on the market.

But books are no substitute for the live, in-person, experience, right?  (We all love the theater, don’t we?)

That’s why, we’re reviving the Broadway Investing Workshop!  And we’ve got TWO dates coming up . . .

Tuesday, March 10th at 7 PM

Monday, April 6th at 7 PM

In this Broadway Investing workshop, you’ll learn

  • The myths of Broadway investing, and how exactly the money flows
  • Who to talk to and where to find Broadway investment opportunities
  • How to decide if an investment opportunity is right for you
  • Simple strategies to mitigate your risk and increase your chances of profitability
  • How to maximize the perks of Broadway investing

If you are interested in learning more about Broadway Investing, whether you’re thinking about investing yourself or if you’re just curious about how shows like Hamilton are funded, click here to join us for either date.

The seminar is $99 and we’re keeping the group small to make sure I can answer all your questions.

Oh, and everyone who comes will get a free copy of my book.

So grab your seat now.

 

(Interested in learning about Broadway investing, but can’t attend the live seminar on March 10th or April 6th? Click here to get your copy of my book “Broadway Investing 101: How to Make Theater and Yes, Even Make Money” on Amazon.)

Broadway Grosses w/e 2/09/2020 – A Utopic Week

Last week overall box office figures increased by just under $1M. The big winner was David Byrne’s American Utopia which drew an average ticket price of $210.55. Total haul for the 7 performances was $1,416,344, a record for the house.

Girl From the North Country joined the boards last week and brought in $316,215 for 3 performances at the Belasco.

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

Show Name Gross  TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A SOLDIER’S PLAY $409,337.10 5,299 91.87% $77.25
AIN’T TOO PROUD $1,199,875.28 10,279 90.23% $116.73
ALADDIN $1,076,315.46 13,075 94.64% $82.32
AMERICAN UTOPIA $1,416,343.50 6,727 100.00% $210.55
BEETLEJUICE $1,044,068.02 11,492 96.22% $90.85
CHICAGO $624,465.00 7,565 87.56% $82.55
COME FROM AWAY $826,621.11 8,471 101.23% $97.58
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $966,480.70 7,833 99.50% $123.39
FROZEN $994,862.40 12,575 93.34% $79.11
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY $316,215.40 2,867 95.76% $110.29
GRAND HORIZONS $231,782.63 3,736 79.83% $62.04
HADESTOWN $1,092,031.00 7,409 100.89% $147.39
HAMILTON $2,692,357.00 10,755 101.54% $250.34
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $1,012,207.00 12,976 100.00% $78.01
JAGGED LITTLE PILL $912,401.16 8,765 97.39% $104.10
MEAN GIRLS $833,703.80 9,297 94.87% $89.67
MOULIN ROUGE! $1,630,284.00 10,416 100.00% $156.52
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON $544,474.70 4,459 98.61% $122.11
THE BOOK OF MORMON $967,597.55 8,096 96.66% $119.52
THE INHERITANCE $308,715.02 4,164 49.67% $74.14
THE LION KING $1,419,206.00 12,769 94.11% $111.14
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $734,139.14 10,035 78.15% $73.16
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL $1,429,465.00 10,556 89.28% $135.42
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,356,854.00 11,213 97.67% $121.01
WEST SIDE STORY $1,521,431.00 13,920 100.00% $109.30
WICKED $1,410,131.50 14,964 97.12% $94.23
TOTALS $26,971,364.47 239,713 93.31% $112.26
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -$689,893.41      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -2.49%      

Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, President of Architect Theatrical. Find out more here!

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