The Broadway Producer Pick List for 2018!

It’s that time of year, readers!  It’s Producer Pick List time!

Don’t have a @#$%ing clue what I’m talking about?

Ok, let me recap.

We get a ton of scripts submitted to us here at the office from all sorts of folks . . .  agents, friends, investors, PROs, and cold submissions too (although we’ve had to turn those off for a bit as we catch up on all of the ones that have come in from years past).

We can’t produce them all.  Heck, it’s hard to produce even a few.  (Truth be told – more often than not submissions don’t end up getting produced.  Instead, writers from submissions go on our list of folks to track and meet with for future projects – and we’ve hired a bunch of people that way.)

But just because we don’t produce them doesn’t mean the submissions aren’t good!  In fact, we’ve stumbled on some GREAT ones.

We hated not giving some recognition to these unproduced plays and musicals, so . . .  we started a list of the Top 10 Unproduced Plays Or Musicals We’ve Read This Year . . . also called The Producer Pick List!  (See here for the original post about The List from back in 2016.)

And so . . . our list for 2018 is below, along with links to the material from each show, all for your reading pleasure.

Our hope is that while we can’t produce these right now . . . one of you just might!

Congratulations to everyone on the list and here’s to productions for all of them in 2019!

  1. A Green Umbrella by Loren Lester and Jeffrey Silverman
  2. Bonhoeffer the Musical by Scott Wilkinson and Richard John Lewis
  3. Girl from Treblinka by Leonard David Stone
  4. Leveling Up by Deborah Zoe Laufer (directed by Wendy Holberg)
  5. Mary Marie by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson
  6. Michael Collins by Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham
  7. Poor Players by Ron Kaehler
  8. Scotland, PA by Adam Gwon and Michael Mitnick
  9. The Secret Court by Tony Speciale and members of Plastic Theatre
  10. The Sycamore Street Kite Flying Club by Juliana Jones and Roy M. Rogosin


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Broadway Grosses w/e 2/10/2019: A Slight Uptick in Grosses Sets the Stage for the Spring Season

Grosses this week were up by about 4% and attendance was just slightly higher improving by 5%. Overall, most shows posted increases. The biggest jumps came from Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Bootsand Beautiful.

As the industry preps for several new plays and musicals to open this spring, we received word last week that Anastasia will play its final performance on March 31. It won’t be in time for something to open this season, but I would expect an announcement soon from the next tenant.

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

Show Name GrossGross  TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
ALADDIN $1,141,386.20 13,483 97.59% $84.65
ANASTASIA $545,061.30 7,888 86.26% $69.10
BEAUTIFUL $682,323.09 7,816 95.22% $87.30
CHICAGO $617,923.65 7,728 89.44% $79.96
CHOIR BOY $379,818.55 4,739 92.99% $80.15
COME FROM AWAY $911,699.90 8,495 101.52% $107.32
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,205,216.25 7,964 101.17% $151.33
FROZEN $1,289,423.60 13,064 96.97% $98.70
HAMILTON $3,108,317.00 10,757 101.79% $288.96
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $1,947,680.50 12,976 100.00% $150.10
KING KONG $724,935.43 10,759 77.38% $67.38
KINKY BOOTS $740,858.20 8,653 75.96% $85.62
MEAN GIRLS $1,010,515.38 9,240 94.29% $109.36
MY FAIR LADY $869,481.50 7,509 87.80% $115.79
NETWORK $1,025,682.98 7,120 100.21% $144.06
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL $825,294.60 8,099 86.68% $101.90
THE BAND’S VISIT $528,202.00 7,297 87.79% $72.39
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,018,885.00 8,567 102.28% $118.93
THE CHER SHOW $1,004,437.50 10,315 93.43% $97.38
THE FERRYMAN $786,854.71 7,175 88.02% $109.67
THE LION KING $1,742,668.00 13,495 99.46% $129.13
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $813,236.68 10,461 81.47% $77.74
THE PROM $527,155.25 6,802 81.36% $77.50
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,539,570.51 11,643 101.42% $132.23
TRUE WEST $528,398.30 5,329 90.02% $99.16
WAITRESS $701,149.30 7,679 91.85% $91.31
WICKED $1,445,082.50 14,667 98.23% $98.53
TOTALS $27,661,257.88 249,720 92.62% $108.36
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +$5,642,680.73      
Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, General Manager for DTE Management. Find out more here!

Broadway Grosses w/e 2/3/2019: Going Deep for the Deep Freeze

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending February 4, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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Broadway Grosses w/e 01/20/2019: Dodging the First Snow of 2019

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending January 21, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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Introducing a “Revival” of our Davenport Reading Series!

Back in 2010, we started a reading series in our rehearsal room due to the number of submissions of great developing work we received that wasn’t for us, but we felt should be seen.

The first play we read was a two-hander Civil War romantic drama called Amelia by Alex Webb, which I still remember to this day as an incredibly moving and theatrical piece (not to mention easy to produce).

Well, a few months ago, I was googling around and discovered that Amelia went on to get a bunch of other productions, and it got picked up for a licensing deal with Samuel French!

We had to abandon the reading series after it began because we lost some staff and we lost those rehearsal rooms.  But when I realized that Amelia, as well as a few other shows that we read, went on to do bigger and better things, I decided we had to figure out a way to revive it.

So we have!  And it fits in perfectly with our mission that we announced last year of helping 5000 shows get produced by 2025.

We’ll be producing four readings of new plays a year (and expect to be able to include musicals as well . . . just give us some time to figure that out).

And we’ll also be looking to not only showcase new writing talent, but also new directing talent, acting talent, etc.  So regardless of what type of Theater Maker you are, there is a way for you to be involved.

Because submissions for these sorts of series can be overwhelming, we’ve limited those eligible to submit to the members of our PRO community at the moment.  So if you want to submit, click here to join PRO and learn how to submit your show for consideration.  Again, we will do four a year – one a quarter.  (The first deadline is January 25, 2019 and submissions are already coming in, so hurry).

If you’re a director, click here to join our Director Database, which is where we and our writers will start looking first.

If you’re an actor, click here to be in our Actor Database.

And if you’re just a fan of new works and want to come and support emerging talent (and our 5000By2025 mission), click here and we’ll let you know when.

I’m thrilled to be able to revive this series and am looking forward to introducing some new shows to the city and to the theatrical world.