Broadway Grosses w/e 11/24/2019: Plenty to be Thankful For

Last week, grosses were down just slightly with a 2% dip. Family favorites fared best last week with Wicked, The Lion King, and Frozen showing the biggest increases. Coming off recent openings, both Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and The Inheritance showed six-figure increases.

Thanksgiving week usually brings large audiences willing to pay premium prices for shows, but this season is tracking nearly two weeks behind (down about $70M). Will that affect the peak week as well?

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

Show Name Gross  TotalAttn  %Capacity  AvgPdAdm
A CHRISTMAS CAROL $384,492.75 5,590 82.40% $68.78
AIN’T TOO PROUD $1,416,921.46 10,642 93.42% $133.14
ALADDIN $1,215,541.90 13,087 94.72% $92.88
AMERICAN UTOPIA $932,780.50 5,703 98.91% $163.56
BEETLEJUICE $965,559.60 9,753 81.66% $99.00
BETRAYAL $549,436.12 5,663 68.33% $97.02
CHICAGO $477,167.25 5,748 66.53% $83.01
COME FROM AWAY $932,942.88 8,481 101.35% $110.00
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $969,296.52 7,541 95.80% $128.54
DERREN BROWN: SECRET $363,599.80 4,340 61.02% $83.78
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME $765,589.00 5,487 89.66% $139.53
FROZEN $1,099,887.00 12,370 91.82% $88.92
HADESTOWN $1,236,163.75 7,309 99.52% $169.13
HAMILTON $2,654,389.00 10,737 101.37% $247.22
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $930,990.00 12,976 100.00% $71.75
JAGGED LITTLE PILL $902,143.60 8,276 91.96% $109.01
MEAN GIRLS $863,464.80 8,201 83.68% $105.29
MOULIN ROUGE! $2,058,469.00 10,465 100.47% $196.70
OKLAHOMA! $346,426.20 4,024 77.27% $86.09
SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW $388,814.00 5,771 68.38% $67.37
SLAVE PLAY $388,710.00 5,144 81.08% $75.57
THE BOOK OF MORMON $988,888.20 8,282 98.88% $119.40
THE GREAT SOCIETY $355,449.00 5,263 62.06% $67.54
THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM $191,162.00 3,682 71.58% $51.92
THE INHERITANCE $649,237.00 6,038 72.02% $107.53
THE LIGHTNING THIEF $241,163.67 4,210 49.04% $57.28
THE LION KING $1,846,819.00 12,477 91.96% $148.02
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $716,752.50 8,171 63.64% $87.72
THE ROSE TATTOO $481,549.10 5,407 93.74% $89.06
THE SOUND INSIDE $472,832.50 5,062 63.40% $93.41
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL $1,607,079.00 11,911 100.74% $134.92
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,666,008.00 11,497 100.15% $144.91
TOOTSIE $720,714.50 8,168 63.73% $88.24
WAITRESS $650,074.00 7,030 84.09% $92.47
WICKED $1,585,415.00 13,550 93.73% $117.00
TOTALS $32,015,928.60 278,056 83.95% $109.02
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -$11,027,337.53      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -3.90%

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

Podcast Episode 203: The Score Whisperer, Glen Kelly

Ever wondered how to arrange a big Broadway score like Spamalot

Ever wonder what “arrange” a big Broadway score actually means?

This week’s guest has the ability to take a score and blow it up into a big Broadway musical that we all know and love. Maybe you’ve even heard of a few he’s done like, oh I don’t know, The Book of Mormon, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast

He’s extremely well-known, yet a bit of a mystery . . . which is why I like to call Glen Kelly . . . “The Score Whisperer.”  (insert spooky music chords – arranged by Glen, of course – here)

So, if you want to listen in and hear us discuss:

  • What is “Musical Dramaturgy” and how he does it.
  • How he taught himself the piano and musical theory without ever having any musical training 
  • The most common thing he adjusts when he first gets a score
  • The importance of adding space and giving the audience a chance to process during a song
  • What is was like to work with Mel Brooks on The Producers

If you’re looking for a master class in how a Broadway score is “made,” this is it!

Enjoy!

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

This week’s #SongWriterOfTheWeek is Angela Sclafani! Today we’re playing a song called “I’ll Save You the Waltz” and it is from Angela’s musical The Other Side of Paradise. If you like what you hear and want to learn more, check out www.angelasclafani.com or @angelasclafani on Instagram.

This episode is brought to you by Terry Knickerbocker Studio. Terry Knickerbocker Studio offers a two-year acting conservatory, workshops, studio rentals, one-on-one coaching, beginner acting classes, and the best actor training in New York, period. For more information, visit terryknickerbockerstudio.com.

Top 10 Takeaways from our TheaterMaker Super Conference

In case you haven’t heard, we had a giant TheaterMaker conference this past weekend.

(And in case you didn’t get that joke – you probably aren’t on our email list – because we sent a whole bunch of emails about it.)

The reason why we so passionately encourage all you Writers, Producers, Investors, Directors, Designers and anyone who makes theater to come is simple.  We know for a fact that as a result of getting together in the room with other like-minded TheaterMakers . . . more theater gets made.  Period.  We know this.  Because people who come to the conference tell us.

One of our greatest success stories yet happened DURING this conference!  A TheaterMaker from New Hampshire asked me a question about how to get her middle school musical produced, and I gave her a couple of tips . . . and this action-fueled artrepreneur called someone on the next networking break . . . and boom . . . she got her show BOOKED!  I mean . . . mic drop!!!

The conference included Broadway A-list Producers, Directors, Press Reps, and more on panels like Dramaturgy, Readings, and Diversity (which I am so proud to say was one of the most heavily attended panels AND the longest – what a conversation).

In case you missed the conference, I pulled 10 Takeaway from some of the talks which are below.   And while reading them will never be the same as hearing them live, seated next to more than 400 fellow TheaterMakers, I hope they give you a little steroid shot of inspiration and education to get you to go out there and make more theater.

Enjoy!

  1. “With ‘yes and…’ we get to create what comes next.” – Stephanie J. Block
  2. “You deserve a place at the table.” – Joe Iconis
  3. “Remember to stay calm. Getting angry does not help anyone hear your point. Educate with kindness.” – Arvind Ethan David, Diversity In The Arts
  4. “Casting Directors are in service of the collective imagination of the creative team. They are only trying to help bring your ideas and visions to life.” – Tara Rubin, Casting Superpowers Share How They Cast a Project And What the Right Cast Can Do For You
  5. “There’s never going to be a “perfect piece” so readjust the weight you give critics’ opinions.” – Jamil Jude, Navigating the Collaborative Process
  6. “When it comes to branding, remain consistent. Stay SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely).” – Lori Rosolowsky, How To Market Your Project To Regional Theaters Across The Country
  7. “Don’t be intimidated to introduce yourself to someone in the creative field. We’re all trying to do the same thing – create great art!” – Ken Davenport, Get Your Show Off The Ground
  8. “Know your WHY. Trust yourself. Believe in your material. And be concise in your pitch.” – Larry Rogowsky, Practice Your Pitch Session
  9. “Every play is different. Every playwright is different. In order to have the most productive partnership, it is the dramaturg’s job to know what the needs of the playwright are and how/when to deliver feedback.” – Jill Rafson, What is a Dramaturg and When/Why You Need One
  10. “No more waiting to sit at the table. Show up and take your seat at the table.” – David Caparelliotis, Casting Superpowers Share How They Cast a Project And What the Right Cast Can Do For You

Want to hear and see some of the panels that folks were raving about it?  We recorded them!  Click here to see how you can get them.

And we will see you next year!!!

Community.

People ask me all the time what a Producer actually does.

My new answer?  I get people in a room.

That’s it!

I get Writers in a room.  I get Directors in a room.  I get Actors in a room.  And when the right combination of people and passion mix together . . . boom . . . a magnificent thing is created.

The trick is . . . there are passionate and talented TheaterMakers all over the WORLD who want to be in a room with other folks just like them.

I know that because we’re going on 11 years with this blog and 5 with the podcast, and you wouldn’t believe where some of our e-traffic comes from (Russia, South Africa . . . Sri Lanka anyone?).

That’s why a couple of years ago I created an e-room for Writers, Producers, Investors, Actors and all kinds of Theater Makers to gather called TheProducersPerspectivePRO.

Since then, this community, just like the popularity of theater itself, has grown more than I ever could have imagined.   And when things grow, they take on a life of their own . . . and it’s important to change as the thing you’ve created changes (I’m already learning this as a new parent!).

About six months ago, we realized we weren’t TheProducersPerspectivePRO anymore.  We weren’t just an offshoot of the blog for people looking for more education.

We were a new community of theatrical artrepreneurs who were looking to learn, grow, gather and . . . make more @#$%.

That’s why we just retired PRO and launched a brand-spankin’ new community with a new look, new content, and a new mission to help all the TheaterMakers out there accomplish their theatrical goals, no matter what your discipline.

You may not be IN an actual room, but it’s the next best thing.  And we know, for a fact, that TheProducerPerspectivePRO helped launch a whole bunch of shows just by gathering passionate like-minded people together online.

And this brand new community will do the same . . . but on steroids.

So if you’re a TheaterMaker . . . or even better, want to be one . . . join us.

There’s no other place like it on the web.

And we can all help each other do what we all want to do more than anything . . . Make theater.

Check out the new TheaterMakersStudio.com here.

We’ve also added a new Production Team Database featuring Actors, Directors, Producers, Playwrights and more from across the country. To peruse the free database or submit yourself, click here.

Broadway Grosses w/e 11/17/2019: Big wheel keep on turnin’. . .

Overall grosses were down 7% last week with most shows showing a drop in total box office coming off last week’s Veteran’s Day holiday. Enjoying a post-opening glow was Tina – The Tina Turner Musical which brought in an all-time high of $1.5M. Kristin Chenoweth’s, For The Girls was SRO at The Nederlander and took in $970k.

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

Show Name GrossGross  TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A CHRISTMAS CAROL $257,525.00 4,194 61.82% $61.40
AIN’T TOO PROUD $1,440,027.56 10,572 92.80% $136.21
ALADDIN $1,114,006.70 12,769 92.42% $87.24
AMERICAN UTOPIA $951,411.25 5,726 99.31% $166.16
BEETLEJUICE $965,164.30 9,996 83.69% $96.56
BETRAYAL $624,575.48 6,243 75.33% $100.04
CHICAGO $508,808.00 6,068 70.23% $83.85
COME FROM AWAY $952,192.76 8,489 101.45% $112.17
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,016,920.48 7,628 96.90% $133.31
DERREN BROWN: SECRET $401,112.70 4,750 66.79% $84.44
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME $720,234.50 5,396 88.17% $133.48
FROZEN $958,448.80 11,956 88.75% $80.16
HADESTOWN $1,313,225.00 7,332 99.84% $179.11
HAMILTON $2,765,850.00 10,732 101.32% $257.72
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $941,249.00 12,976 100.00% $72.54
JAGGED LITTLE PILL $1,000,046.10 8,839 98.21% $113.14
KRISTIN CHENOWETH: FOR THE GIRLS $969,894.00 9,584 100.00% $101.20
MEAN GIRLS $782,779.10 8,283 84.52% $94.50
MOULIN ROUGE! $2,155,181.50 10,464 100.46% $205.96
OKLAHOMA! $379,069.10 4,070 78.15% $93.14
SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW $279,547.00 6,810 80.69% $41.05
SLAVE PLAY $404,901.00 5,283 83.28% $76.64
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,033,721.15 8,233 98.29% $125.56
THE GREAT SOCIETY $380,018.50 5,059 59.66% $75.12
THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM $251,375.50 3,700 71.93% $67.94
THE INHERITANCE $510,025.50 7,130 85.04% $71.53
THE LIGHTNING THIEF $255,063.58 4,038 47.04% $63.17
THE LION KING $1,655,921.00 12,511 92.21% $132.36
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $768,232.90 9,023 70.27% $85.14
THE ROSE TATTOO $507,190.40 5,387 93.39% $94.15
THE SOUND INSIDE $524,606.50 5,231 65.52% $100.29
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL $1,497,521.00 11,901 100.65% $125.83
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $1,824,941.30 11,509 100.25% $158.57
TOOTSIE $726,701.70 8,705 67.92% $83.48
WAITRESS $657,773.70 7,216 86.32% $91.15
WICKED $1,324,358.50 11,999 83.00% $110.37
TOTALS $32,819,620.56    289,802 85.16% $108.19
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -$3,682,267.72      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON -10.09%    

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

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